Read about B.P.'s storied history, learn about upcoming events and how you can
volunteer at the museum today, access a detailed list of links related to
codebreaking, and find out more about B.P. on this charity's thorough and
well-illustrated Web site.
The home page of Bletchley Park, self-described as "Britain's Best Kept
Secret," offers detailed information on this fascinating museum as well as on
the Enigma machine, the Lorenz cipher machines, the Colossus, and other devices
used to make and break codes during World War II. You can even try your hand at
cracking codes for B.P. today.
Founded in the 1920's, this nonprofit volunteer organization is devoted to
disseminating cryptographic knowledge. Members construct problems in classical
cipher systems for other members to solve without knowing the secret key. The site provides information
on joining, examples of cryptograms, and electronic versions of the
This site answers many of the questions asked frequently about cryptography,
cryptology, secret codes, ciphers, and digital signatures. It also has a list
of cryptological references, journals, and books.
This page offers a nice collection of resources related to the Enigma machine.
Included are articles, a downloadable cryptography course, and an electronic
simulation of the Enigma.
BooksThe Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy From Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography
by Simon Singh. New York: Doubleday, 1999
Singh, who directed the NOVA program "The Proof," based on his bestselling book
Fermat's Enigma, delves into the history and complexities of codes and
ciphers as only one with a doctorate in physics can do well. Includes a Cipher
Challenge with a $15,000 award (deadline 10/1/2000).
Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park
edited by F. H. Hinsley and Alan Stripp. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994
For those who want to delve more deeply into what transpired at Bletchley Park,
written by the individuals whom Churchill described as the "secret weapon" that
"won the war" - the men and women who worked there. Chapters on the various
huts, bombes, and codes, including one on how the Enigma works.
Station X: Decoding Nazi Secrets by Michael Smith. New York: TV Books, 1999
A highly readable history of the codebreaking operations at Bletchley Park,
interspersed with lively anecdotes told by the B.P.'s codebreakers and support
staff. We excerpted this book for Mind of a Codebreaker.
Internet Cryptography by Richard E. Smith. Reading, Mass.: Addison Wesley Longman, 1997
This book is a comprehensive guide to sending information securely over the
Internet. Managing secret keys, the basics of private- and public-key
cryptography, securing electronic mail - all is covered extensively and
complemented by helpful diagrams. Smith wrote Are Web Transactions Safe.
Christine Large, Bletchley Park Trust
Rhianon Williams, Macmillan
Peter Kaufman, TV Books
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