Alan Turing, the codebreaker, has been revealed as the new face of the £50 note.
An incredible life is told in the World War II suspense drama The Imitation Game, which premieres tonight at 10:40 p.m. on BBC ne.
As he arrives at Bletchley Park, which served as the centre of Britain’s codebreaking efforts during the war, Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock, assumes the role of the scientist and mathematician. Turing, who died in 1954 at the age of 41, was in charge of assembling a select group of specialists who cracked Germany’s Enigma code.
The Enigma machine is a type of cipher technology used to protect economic, diplomatic, and military communications from countries such as the United Kingdom.
During WWII, it was used all over Nazi Germany, and it was thought to be so secure that it was used to encrypt top-secret information.
Alan Turing, who was born in London, is widely regarded as one of the most influential Britons due to his contribution to breaking the code, which aided in the acceleration of the Allied victory in Europe.
However, it is often overlooked that Turing used his extraordinary abilities prior to his time at Bletchley Park in an attempt to break the bank at Monte Carlo.
Alan Turing’s incredible strategy for winning at casinos prior to cracking the Enigma code
Turing developed an equation to calculate the odds of winning at roulette more than ten years before he helped bring the Nazis down.
Alan Turing, a logician, revealed in a letter discovered the previous year that he figured out how to make money off of the gambling game when he was a 21-year-old undergraduate at King’s College, University of Cambridge.
According to the note, which has an astoundingly old date of 89 years, Turing had a clear understanding of how he could evaluate his chances of winning at roulette.
After becoming fascinated by the creator of strip lighting, Alfred Beuttell, he decided to begin his research into the subject. Beuttell is said to have shared his “Monte Carlo” success strategy with the young man.
According to articles, Beuttell told Turing about how the method allowed him to fund his lifestyle for a month with money he won at the casino.
He decided to put the technique to the test after learning how profitable it could be by calculating the odds of winning after 150, 1,520, 4,560, and 30,400 spins, respectively.
His calculations showed that it was possible to win “an unexpectedly huge sum” in the short term; however, the longer a gambler played, the “less likely his chances” became.
“Regards to everyone, and please don’t feel obligated to answer these ravings of mine,” Turing wrote at the end of the letter.