Science Goes To The Movies: ‘The Imitation Game’

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Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game." Image courtesy of The Weinstein Company
Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.” Image courtesy of The Weinstein Company

Britain’s biggest weapon in World War II may have been…a mathematician. By cracking the German “enigma” code, Alan Turing derailed the Germans’ devastating U-boat campaign and helped shorten the war. Now a star-studded biopic brings Turing’s wartime code-breaking to the big screen. How much is true in this “based on a true” story? Cosmologist Janna Levin and cryptography expert Simon Singh break it down.

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Segment Guests

Janna Levin

Janna Levin is author of Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space (Knopf, 2016) and a physics and astronomy professor at Barnard College in New York, New York.

Simon Singh

Simon Singh is a science journalist and author of The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Codebreaking (Fourth Estate, 1999) in London, England.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.

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