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Editor says, what if Alan Turing had transferred to Cambridge University on the eve of World War 2? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Inventions thread.
In 1938,even as Hitler dreamt of world domination by an all-conquering aryan master race, the research of two Germanic scientists slowly began the process of biological uplift for the sentinient mammals who would eventually fight alongside humans in the decades-long war with the Nazis.
SuperweaponThe English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing had been completing his PhD dissertion on mechanized thought at Princeton. But a visit from Austrian-born mathematician and polymath John von Neumann encouraged him to return to Cambridge where he had studied in the early to mid thirties.
Also studying at Cambridge was Ludwig Wittgenstein whose study of higher order cognitive functions had earned him the Chair of Philosophy at the age of just forty.
Von Neumann's true intentions were now revealed. Working together collaboratively they radically changed direction to focus on biological uplift. And with atomic fusion going nowhere fast, the application of their research became the Allies best hope of developing a war-winning superweapon.
Editor says, Princeton (Cambridge Computing) thread on Alt History Wikia originated the idea of Turing coming to Cambridge to work with Wittgenstein. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.