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Right, I am really confused because on Wikipedia it says they both created a machine that helped win the war. I thought the machine that Alan Turing created was Colossus but it seems that this is something different and that Tommy Flowers created Colossus.

Tommy Flowers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Flowers
Alan Turing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing
Colossus Computer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus_computer
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Maybe they co-created it!
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Interesting history - it was the statistics Alan Turing developed with assistant Jack Good for frequency analysis of patterns in data that made the machines have such a big role. Turing and Gordon Welchman were main figures in taking what they learned from 3 Polish cryptographers about using machines to an entirely new level, with the "Turing-Welchman Bombe", a machine used particularly for winning the war of the Atlantic, saving our ships from German submarines - crucial to Allies survival in early 1940s. Tommy Flowers, a brilliant Post Office engineer took over from where Turing left off, and very bravely pioneered a new and much more complicated machine called Colossus for decoding 'Tunny' messages (after Turing had left) using Turing's ideas on the statistics. Colossus was closer to a programmable computer than the Bombe, and was crucial to later stages of WW2 in helping Allies decode messages between Hitler and his generals. Turing and Flowers, two WW2 heroes with vital roles in the outcome.
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Wow, awesome. Thanks for the reply Barry!
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