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https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/secret ... e1bc61e6e8

Secret code hidden in UK’s new 50 pound note

The newest note issued by the UK features legendary code breaker Alan Turing. And there’s a genius message hidden in plain sight.

A new design for Britain’s highest value banknote has won acclaim not just for who it features but also a sneaky puzzle hiding in plain sight.

Yesterday the Bank of England, which despite its name sets monetary policy for the entire UK, revealed who would be emblazoned on the new style 50 pound note, worth around A$90.

It will feature a man who is widely credited with turning the Second World War in Britain’s favour but ended his life after being deemed a criminal due to his sexuality.

The note will be the last note issued in England and Wales to move over to Australian-style polymer material from the current paper. UK retail banks in Scotland and Northern Ireland issue their own notes but Bank of England notes are accepted throughout the country.

The current 50 pound note that features entrepreneur Matthew Boulton and engineer James Watt was introduced in 2011.

The new note, to be introduced by the end of 2021, will feature mathematician Alan Turing who played a pioneering role in the development of early computers.

He was also a key figure in the battle to crack the Enigma machine code that enabled Nazi Germany to send encrypted messages across the globe during the War.

At the top secret Bletchley Park code breaking centre, north of London, he created the “Turing bombe”. This could decipher the code which enabled the Allied forces to eavesdrop on Hitler’s plans.

He was also seminal when it came to early work on artificial intelligence.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said Turing was “a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand.”
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When only one person can be honored discussion is inevitable. A good choice though, IMHO.

(just a small point of order in the inevitable historical simplification)
MarvMalt wrote:At the top secret Bletchley Park code breaking centre, north of London, he created the “Turing bombe”. This could decipher the code which enabled the Allied forces to eavesdrop on Hitler’s plans.
Turing developed the Polish bombe, then Gordon Welchman made the refinement without which the machine was impractical for mass usage. Calling those "Turing bombes" rather than just "bombes" is a relatively new thing, I think.

"Turing machine" was a different kettle of fish altogether, and another massive credit to his reputation of course.
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I've already cracked the code.
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Allanswood wrote:I've already cracked the code.
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DaveR wrote:
Allanswood wrote:I've already cracked the code.
Happy Birthday :!:
The Germans will be really worried now. :lol: :lol:
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DaveR wrote:
Allanswood wrote:I've already cracked the code.
Happy Birthday :!:
I was expecting a bit of discussion on the code ...

I saw a bit in a newspaper about it being related to Turing's birthday / date of birth, but nothing more.

So, here it is -

1010111111110010110011000 = 23061912

Turing was born 23 June 1912.

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It's great to see him finally being honoured in this way. When a "Britons of Distinction" series was produced in 2012 Royal Mail claimed that they "Didn't have a suitable photograph" and so issued a stamp showing the "bombes":

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Funny one has been found now!

It might be imagined that members of the Intelligence Services would have come to his rescue when he was arrested for homosexuality. Apparently the records for the time are still sealed!
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Thoughts on this?
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He's looking awfully like his mother in their later years..........
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Don't have an actual note :x but:
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Bill H UK wrote: 20 Dec 2022 21:50
He's looking awfully like his mother in their later years ..........
No handbag I hope? :lol:
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