Jack Good and Donald Michie looked in on Alan at King's, and rather annoyed him by peeping at the uncompleted version of Intelligent Machinery while he was out.
They were also in correspondence during this summer period. Jack wrote:
25 July 48
When I was last in Oxford I met a lecturer in physiology who said that he thought the number of neurons in the brain was only about two million.
This seems amazingly little to me even allowing (for) the fact that the number of processes from each neuron is something like 40. I wonder if you could tell me the right answer, with or without a reference.
How near were you to getting into the Olympics?
Jack was leaving his Manchester lectureship to join the branch of the Civil Service now known as the Government Communications Headquarters, and located at Eastcote, in north-west London.
Yugoslavia had been expelled from the Cominform—a break which led Robin, like many other sympathisers with the pre-war USSR, to move much further away from the Communist party.
The airlift to West Berlin was under way, and for the first time there was serious talk of war with Russia.
The US Air Force had begun its temporary stay on British soil, and Americans were overtaking plucky British losers in the Empire Stadium, where a scraggy, rationed Britain was hosting the Olympic Games.