A-Z of computing: M is for Monopoly

Alan Turing Monopoly, to be precise. Board game maker Winning Moves has produced an Alan Turing edition of the long-standing family favourite. Alan Turing had a theory about Monopoly, believing there was a code-based way to win. He tried out his theory on a Cambridge-focussed hand-drawn version of the board created by the sons of brilliant mathematician and friend of Turing Max Newman, but lost – isn’t theory a wonderful thing?

It’s rather lovely that William Newman, who drew that original, has collaborated with the Bletchley Park Trust to produce the new edition (which includes a copy of that childish original). As well as locations significant to Turing, the utilities have been replaced with the Enigma Machine and the Enigma code-deciphering Bombe. In a nod towards to current move to have Turing’s face put onto the £10 note, Turing’s face appears on the Monopoly £10 note.

Google has paid for production of the first 1000 sets, which go on sale in November via Bletchley Park (order HERE).

Guardian Alan Turing page

BBC article on the Turing Edition Monopoly

TechRepublic article with images of the board

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