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Alan Turing Letter Uncovered
Alan Turing Letter Uncovered

Alan Turing Letter Uncovered

A letter written by the code breaking genius Alan Turing explaining the strategies behind the board game solitaire will go under auction and is said to fetch more than £60,000.

Turning sent the two page letter to Marie Greenbaum, who is the 8 year old daughter of one of his co-workers, in July 1953, which is less than a year before his death. It includes 3 diagrams and detailed moves which will be needed to successfully play out and complete a game of solitaire. The letter was sent as the child went away on holiday and was written by the renowned code breaker at his Hollymeade home on Adlington Road, in Wilmslow. At auction it has a guide price of between £40,000 and £60,000 and will be going in the category of fine books and manuscripts auction at Bonhams in London.

He is quoted in the letter as saying “I find it helps, if I am trying to so the puzzle four kinds of pieces like this or better still to use a board with the squares in four colours”.

In the letter is numbered instructions which are believed to relate to board positions follow before Turing writes that he hopes the explanation he gives to Marie will provide her “something to do on the train”.


 

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