Google Helps Make Alan Turing Monopoly A Reality

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Earlier this summer, Google showed its love for mathematician Alan Turing with an interactive Google Doodle. Google also sponsored an Alan Turing exhibit at London's Science Museum.

Now, Google is putting this love on display once again, by funding Monopoly: Alan Turing Edition. Google has paid for the first production run of the game, which features locations and interests "central to Turing's life," and previously unpublished family photos.

Monopoly: Alan Turing Edition

"With every roll of the dice, players follow in Alan’s footsteps, from Warrington Crescent to Sherborne School, from Hut 8 to Kings College. And while Turing isn’t (yet) on the £10 note, rest assured he’s on all the money in this set!" says Google's Lynette Webb on the Google Europe blog. "As a bonus, the set also includes a parchment replica of the hand-drawn Monopoly board on which Alan played against William Newman, the young son of his mathematical mentor Max — and unexpectedly lost."

Alan Turing's Monopoly board

Turing had apparently drawn the original board to play upon with his brother, with squares based on parts of Cambridge. This version also came with a row of spaces leading from Go to Free Parking, and a "turn around" square, which lets the player change directions.

Monopoly: Alan Turing Edition was developed by Winning Moves and Bletchley Park in collaboration with Newman and the Turing families. Google donated the first production run to Bletchley Park to sell for fundraising. It costs £29.99 plus shipping, and can be ordered here.

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