Monday, November 11, 2013

'Breaking the Code' at the Kossiakoff Center (APL)

Cast of Breaking the Code
It is so fitting that a play about the British cryptanalyst and trailblazing mathematician, Alan Turing,  who shortened World War II by breaking Hitler’s U-boat Enigma codes and is considered the “father of the computer” would be performed on the campus of the science-oriented Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).   

Also fitting is that Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore and based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, is being presented by APL Allies in the Workplace—an APL employee group that advocates for a non-discriminatory and diverse working environment, specifically for issues of importance to LGBT community and supporters.  For as much as Turing was a favorite of Winston Churchill because of his mathematical genius in heroically helping Britain during World War II, he was a homosexual—and unashamedly so—during a point in time when such behavior was deemed illegal.

For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

UPDATE: The Queen pardons Turing

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