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Bombes, Cribs and Colossi

R.O. Gandy, 26 May 1994

Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park 
edited by F.H. Hinsley and Alan Stripp.
Oxford, 321 pp., £17.95, August 1993, 0 19 820327 6
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... be trivial but not difficult enough to cause a nervous breakdown.’ For this and other methods, Alan Turing developed a highly original form of statistical theory which made it easy to calculate the relative weight of evidence supporting various hypotheses. The most fruitful tool for code-breaking was a ‘crib’: a piece of clear text believed to ...

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