Las Vegas: The work of Alan Turing and the rest of the Bletchley Park team in World War II inspired many people to enter the science and technology fields.
It also inspired one of this generations more iconic works of science fiction.
Speaking at the Black Hat conference, author Neal Stephenson explained how the facility's work in breaking the German Enigma code helped to plant the seed that would become his hit novel "Cryptonomicon."
A self-professed code geek since childhood, Stephenson has long been interested in cryptography and the work at Bletchley park was of particular interest.
He even used the facility as the jumping off point for the novel, penning a near-disaster for the project as the jumping-off point for the novel.
"There was a possible leak of the fact that Enigma had been broken when the Allies acted on some Engima information that they should not have," Stephenson recounted.
"They had to solve the problem by throwing a dead German in a wetsuit out of a plane and plant some stuff on him that told the story of this leak."
These days, Stephenson is more focused on two of his other hobbies; swordplay and gaming. He is helping to push Project Clang, a Kickstarter effort which seeks to bring more realistic swordfighting physics to PC and console games.
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