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It was a little ironic when, after a half century of mathematicians trying to convert math into a set of non-numerical ideas, as the computer age dawned, a new technology produced a demand for a system that could render ideas as a series of numbers. One result was game theory, one of the most crucial pieces of a-plied math ever conceived.

A game of chance involves calculating the probabilities of winning or losing events. In 1928, American scientist John Von Neumann founded the field of game theory, in which probability and strategy were applied to real-world situations.

Mathematics: An Illustrated History of Numbers. Ed. Tom Jackson Shelter Harbor. Press New York.

In the summer of 2015 I was contacted by an author interested in the stories of the Sugar Camp WAVES–one of my favorite topics. Now their story as well as that of the WACS at Arlington Hall is available and wonderfully successful.

“Code Girls is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary author. Liza Mundy’s portraits of World War II codebreakers are so skillfully and vividly drawn that I felt as if I were right there with them—mastering ciphers, outwitting the Japanese army, sinking ships, breaking hearts, and even accidentally insulting Eleanor Roosevelt. I am an evangelist for this book: You must read it.”

author of The Good Girls Revolt – Lynn Povich