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One of the topics related to Mathematics Awareness Week 1997 -
Mathematics and the Internet - is cryptography. Participating
institutions were encouraged to record the following program, which was
broadcast nationally by PBS on February 2, for viewing and
discussion as part of their MAW activities. Hugh Whitemore
received the JPBM
Communications Award in 1990.
The following press release was disseminated by the Public
MOBIL MASTERPIECE THEATRE airing on PBS Sundays, 9:00 p.m. ET
(check local listings) - "The Blackmail of a Mathematical Genius".
"Breaking the Code" (2/2) Based on the play by Hugh Whitemore and
the book, "Alan Turing: the Enigma" by Andrew Hodges, this program
tells the story of Turing (Derek Jacobi), the mathematical genius
who was responsible for designing the computer that enabled the
allies to crack the German Enigma code and, some would argue, win
the war. On Churchill's specific instructions, Turing was given all
the resources he required and his personal behavior was tolerated
- Turing was an active homosexual at a time when homosexuality was
illegal. Amanda Root, Prunella Scales, Harold Pinter, Alun
Armstrong and Richard Johnson also star.
Mathematics Awareness Month is sponsored each year by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics to recognize the importance of mathematics through written materials and an accompanying poster that highlight mathematical developments and applications in a particular area.