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'Imitation Game' needed to imitate Alan Turing's code-breaking machine
'Imitation Game' needed to imitate Alan Turing's code-breaking machine

One of the most important characters in "The Imitation Game" doesn't say a word. It's Christopher, a.k.a. the Bombe, an electro-mechanical code-breaking machine — a precursor of the modern computer — that helped save millions of lives during World War II. "The Imitation Game," which opens Friday, explores the life and work of the man behind the machine. One of England's greatest WWII heroes, Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film) was a brilliant mathematician and cryptanalyst who, with an eclectic team, broke the previously unbreakable codes of Nazi Germany's Enigma machine. The film's Turing machine is a mass...

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