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What was Alan Turing really like?

Alan Turing, British mathematician (1912-1954), altered the course of the 20th C. His 1936 paper laid the foundation of computer science, providing the first formal concept of a computer algorithm. In WWII he designed the machines that cracked German military codes. In the late 1940's he turned his attention to artificial intelligence and proposed a challenge, now called the Turing test, still important today. His contribution to mathematical biology was no less profound.

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World War One: The circus animals that helped Britain

"By 1916 most of their heavy horses had gone to the front," she said. "Lizzie was an Indian elephant, intelligent and trainable - she wou...


Commander Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond spy novels, taken during World War II - holy buckets he looks almost exactly how I pictured Frank Randall from Gabaldon's Outlander


- * Piri Reis Map * - In 1513, Ottoman admiral and cartographer Piri Reis compiled this map using military intelligence -


Ian Lancaster Fleming (1908-1964) was an author, journalist, and naval intelligence officer. Educated at Eton, Sandhurst, and the universities of Munich and Geneva, Fleming was in the Naval Intelligence Division during WWII, involved in planning Operation Goldeneye, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. It is now known that he liaised between the Admiralty and Bletchley Park. His wartime service and career as a journalist provided the background and detail of the James Bond/007 novels.


Dirk Bogarde served in WWII being commissioned into the Queen's Royal Regiment in 1940. He reached the rank of Captain and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters as an intelligence officer. He served five years and was awarded seven medals.

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Magnum P.I.

Magnum P.I. - The moustache. The Hawaiian shirts. The chest hair. That description could be none other than Tom Selleck playing Magnum P.I. (of course, minus the Hawaiian shirt that could also just be a description of Tom Selleck in the 1980s.). Selleck plays Thomas Sullivan Magnum IV; a former Naval Intelligence Officer and Vietnam veteran turned private investigator who lives in the guest house of Robin’s Nest – an expensive ocean-side mansion on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.