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Alan Turing and the Enigma Machine

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Alan Turing was one of our great 20th century mathematicians, and a pioneer of computer science. However, he may best be remembered as one of the leading code breakers of Bletchley Park during World War II. It was Turing’s brilliant insights and mathematical mind that helped to break Enigma, the apparently unbreakable code used by the German military. We present a history of both Alan Turing and the Enigma, leading up to this fascinating battle of man against machine – including a full demonstration of an original WWII Enigma Machine! This talk forms part of our ongoing celebrations of the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth. We’ve also produced mathematical activities on codes and ciphers for all ages on our NRICH website, and you can read more about Turing’s work on Plus.

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