Bletchley Park is well worth a visit for some codebreaking + early computing. ~45 minute train journey from Euston.
Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!
Is this the "perfectly accurate" which is also hideously biased, or the "perfectly accurate" which just happens to be pure original research?
The mathematics was done in Poland
. Well, not really. As a couple of examples, Banburismus and many of the techniques used against the German teletype ciphers were novel applications of maths to cryptanalysis developed at Bletchley.
A Polish patriotic myth, I'm afraid. While you're correct to say that Enigma was broken by the Polish, it was *also* broken by the British.
Enigma wasn't an egg: one broken, always broken. On the contrary, you had to find the keys every time they changed, which was at least daily. Worse, the Germans upgraded Enigma with a series of security features between 1932 and 1945 that severely complicated cryptanalysis. By mid-1940, the Polish techniques were obsolete, and so the British invented new ones.
All that's just a long way of saying that there's plenty of glory to go around.
I'm about as far from being a gay-rights activist as it's possible to be
You're Fred Phelps?