GOVERNMENT COMMUNICATIONS SPYING AGENCY GCHQ has just released two papers written by UK code cracking legend Alan Turing.
Turing's papers are very important and contain some of his theories on code breaking. Locked away for some 70 years, they are the sort of thing that Indiana Jones might pursue in his retirement.
"Because of continuing sensitivity the papers had been retained at GCHQ, but they have now been reassessed as suitable for release," said GHCQ in a statement.
The papers are typewritten with handwritten corrections and mathematical notations. They are entitled "Paper on Statistics of Repetitions" and "The Applications of Probability to Crypt".
The first is described as an "informal report" and sees Turing working out a statistical method of assessing whether ciphers share key elements. GHCQ said that it was "very important" in Bletchley Park's efforts. The second is longer and looks at probability in relation to code breaking.
"We are delighted to release these papers showing more of Alan Turing's pioneering research during his time at Bletchley Park," said a spokesperson for GCHQ.
"It was this type of research that helped turn the tide of war and it is particularly pleasing that we are able to share these papers during this centenary year."
Unfortunately digital copies of the papers do not seem to be available, but they are available to view at the National Archives in Kew, London.
Anyone venturing to London to check them out might like to wait until late June, when the Science Museum will open an exhibition celebrating Turing's life. µ
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