Posts tagged U-Boat
The Deadly Trade by Iain Ballantyne

The submarine is one of man’s greatest, and most deadly, inventions. In The Deadly Trade: The Complete History of Submarine Warfare from Archimedes to the Present, Iain Ballantyne takes us from the theory of the underwater warship, through Jules Vern to the U-Boot and today’s Intercontinental Ballistic Submarine. Where Ballantyne’s superior work excels is to look at the development of the submarine through the eyes of the men who took them to war and who, mostly, never came home.

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The Imitation Game

As a paid up geek who earns his living fighting with computers, it goes without saying that Alan Turing has always been a hero of mine.  But I didn't come to him through computers, but through Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.  Trying to understand the Voight-Kampff test, used by Deckard and the other Blade Runners to find Replicants, led me to the Turing Test and the amazing mind of Turing himself.  We know so much more now about the work at Bletchley Park and the machines that cracked Enigma that it is a shame that Turing himself has remained such an enigma himself.

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