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Colossus : The Secrets of Bletchley Park's Code-breaking Computers (Paperback)

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The American ENIAC is customarily regarded as the first electronic computer. In this fascinating volume, Jack Copeland rewrites the history of computer science, arguing that in reality Colossus--the giant computer built in Bletchley Park by the British secret service during World War II--predates ENIAC by two years. Until very recently, much about the Colossus machine was shrouded in secrecy, largely because the code-breaking algorithms employed during World War II remained in use by the British security services until a short time ago. Copeland has brought together memoirs of veterans of Bletchley Park--the top-secret headquarters of Britain's secret service--and others who draw on the wealth of declassified information to illuminate the crucial role Colossus played during World War II. A must read for anyone curious about code-breaking or World War II espionage, Colossus offers a fascinating insider's account of the world's first giant computer, the great-great-grandfather of the massive computers used today by the CIA and the National Security Agency.

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Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780199578146
SKU 212447403
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0199578141
Release Date 4/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0480
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
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