A 56-page handwritten notebook that belonged to World War Two Nazi code breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing, played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the film “The Imitation Game”, sold for more than $1 million including the commission price, according to auction house Bonhams.
Turing, a British mathematical genius, worked at the U.K. government’s war-time codebreaking center Bletchley Park.
He led a team of cryptographers who cracked the wartime Enigma code, which the Germans had considered unbreakable.
Their work is credited with hastening the end of the war and saving countless lives.
The notebook, which dates back to 1942 and had never been seen in public, is considered the only existing, extensive manuscript by Turing, who worked on mathematical formulas and the basics of computer science.
Turing, a homosexual, never received credit for his groundbreaking work during the war. He committed suicide in 1954 at the age of 41.
Pioneer (n) /paiə’niə(r)/A person who is among the first to research and develop a new area of knowledge or activity.Người tiên phong trong một lĩnh vực nào đó.
Auction (n) /’ɔ:k∫n/A usually public sale of goods or property, the thing is sold to the person who will pay most.Bán đấu giá.
Cryptographer (n) /krip´tɔgrəfə/Specialist in analysing and deciphering codes, ciphers, etcChuyên gia giải mã.
Hasten (v) /´heisn/To make something happen sooner or more quickly.Đẩy nhanh.
Homosexual (n) /hoʊməˈsɛkʃuəl/A person who is sexually attracted to people of the same sex and not to people of the opposite sex.Người đồng tính luyến ái.
credit withto ascribe to a (thing, person, etc.)Công nhận là, cho là
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