In preparation for class on Tuesday, October 26th, please read through page 201 in Chapter 5 of the Singh book and respond to the following questions.
- As we end our reading on military cryptography, what do you now say to the question of the importance of cryptography in World War Two? To what extent was cryptography the decisive element of military victories? Bear in mind Admiral Chester Nimitz’s quote on page 191 and Major General Howard Conner’s quote on page 200.
- Given the United States’ poor treatment of Native Americans over the years, what might motivate young Navajo men to join the Marines during World War Two? What social challenges do you think they faced while serving in the Marines?
- Why have we not read much thus far about contributions of women to cryptography? Why does Singh limit his discussion of women at Bletchley Park to one sentence on page 161?
- What examples have you seen thus far of the work of cryptographers and cryptanalysts not getting the credit it was perhaps due? Is it important to give accurate credit to groundbreaking work in cryptography, mathematics, or science? Why?