In the spring of 1947, while Darwin applied the higher realms of his thought to solving the problem of Alan Turing, incoherent initiatives were taken by more impatient people on the lower rungs of the promotion scale.
One of these was Harry Huskey, who was very eager to see a start made on building a computer before his year was out.
He admired the general form of the ACE design, but believed that the best plan would be to construct a small delay line machine 'on a plan which is a compromise between the NPL and the Moore School plans.'
Relations between Alan and Huskey had been cool from the start, but they deteriorated when one day in the spring, Alan went into Mike Woodger's room to find him engaged upon writing a program headed 'Version H'.
This was in fact an adaptation by Huskey of the Version V of the ACE, trimmed to include only the barest minimum of apparatus required to do a useful job, which was defined as the solution of eight simultaneous equations.
Though generally consistent with the ACE design philosophy, such a departure necessarily subverted Alan's control of the project.
If Huskey's project failed, it would be a waste of time, and if it succeeded, it would lead to a marked change of plan.
Naturally, Alan boycotted the development. Somehow Harry Huskey managed to scrape together enough equipment to make a start.
His official role was 'on the apparatus side', and he was better at the form-filling;
furthermore he did not need to think in terms of building the grand ACE installation, but only in terms of an experimental set-up.
Jim Wilkinson and Mike Woodger joined in. Life in the Mathematics Division became very complicated, but they did learn something about electronics for the first time.