What I'm reading
When All Else Fails: Government as the Ultimate Risk Manager by David Moss and The New Financial Order: Risk in the 21st century by Robert Shiller. These are both important books and I plan to review them in the near future.
I also watched Enigma on DVD, expecting it to be based on some combination of the breaking of the eponymous German code and the life of Alan Turing. Instead, it was dominated by an absurd spy thriller/action hero subplot – I should perhaps have been warned off by Tom Stoppard’s credit for the screenplay.
But watching this movie prompted a question. In movies of this kind, it’s necessary that the audience have some idea what’s actually involved in codebreaking (or similar esoteric devices). Surely there must be some other way of conveying the relevant info to us than to have one character ask a lot of dumb questions, giving another (usually the hero) a chance to deliver a lecture.