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The Newman Minute - The World's First computer Specification from 1943

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 - 19:00 to 21:00

On the first of March 1943, Max Newman of Bletchley Park described in a Minute to his Director a device which could be built to attack the German Lorenz cipher. It would require hundreds of valves, rather than being mechanical like the Bombe devices which attacked the Enigma ciphers. This device was built as COLOSSUS, arguably the world's first programmable electronic computer. Thus, this Minute was the world's first computer specification.

This talk describes the strategic and intelligence background to these developments, and the outcome. No special technical knowledge is needed. Our speaker is a former Departmental Historian at GCHQ, where he is still employed. Most of his career has been as a linguist and analyst, including cryptanalyst.

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