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And my third handicap is that I have not been told that I may refer to the cryptanalytic techniques. There were times at Bletchley when the future looked bleak for our cryptanalytic efforts. This was also true for the war effort as a whole, as you may remember from Churchill's famous "blood, tears, and sweat" speech. If you hated Hitler enough, you would fight on against fearful odds. You considered not just the small probability of success, but the large payoff if you were successful. Perhaps not everyone was like that.
I used to believe that he wouldn't interrupt a conversation even to mention that the war was over. Among other cryptanalysts who later joined the Newmanry was J. H. C. Whitehead, the famous topologist. He had a low opinion of the theological speculations of his uncle, the famous philosopher A. N. Whitehead. Also, he once remarked that "Bertrand Russell would have been a better philosopher if he had been a better mathematician," and that Russell had used up too much of his mathematical energy on "Principia Mathematica" (written jointly with A.
11, Sir Robert Robinson (Ox); 13, J. M. ); 16, Peter J. ). ] PIONEERING WORK ON COMPUTERS AT BLETCHLEY 39 Home Guard. He never mentioned any of his successes. I once noticed an acknowledgement to him in Hardy and Wright's 'Theory of Numbers" and the next morning I called him "Dr. " Shaun was a perfect gentleman who never lost his temper except on purpose, and was an extremely good listener. I used to believe that he wouldn't interrupt a conversation even to mention that the war was over. Among other cryptanalysts who later joined the Newmanry was J.