Monopoly’s ‘special edition’ launched to commemorate Alan Turing’s life

London landmarks,and its Community and Chance cards,have been swapped with places and events important in Turing's life.

Written by Agencies | Washington | Published:September 11, 2012 1:23 pm

The life of legendary mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing has been commemorated in a special edition of the famous American board game Monopoly.

In the famous game created by the Parker Brothers,the London landmarks,and its Community and Chance cards,have been swapped with places and events important in Turing’s life.

Players can now move their pieces from his birthplace in Maida Vale to Hut 8 at Bletchley Park,the BBC reports.

“Bringing this board to life has been one of the most exciting and unique projects we’ve been involved with here,” the BBC quoted Iain Standen,head of the Bletchley Park Trust,as saying.

The board of the special edition is based on a hand-drawn variant of Monopoly created by William Newman in 1950. William was the son of scientist Max Newman who was a key figure in Turing’s life.

The game’s board has Bletchley Park,the wartime centre of the Allied code-cracking effort,taking the place of Mayfair,swaps houses and hotels for huts and blocks and has Turing’s face on all the banknotes,the report said.

The commemorative edition also includes a facsimile of William Newman’s hand-drawn board,while search giant Google has bought 1,000 of the sets and donated them to Bletchley Park to help raise funds,it added.

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