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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. Turing’s brilliant insights and mathematical mind helped to break Enigma, the apparently unbreakable code used by the German military. This talk by Dr James Grime presents a history of both Alan Turing and the Enigma cipher, leading up to this fascinating battle of man against machine – including a full demonstration of an original WWII Enigma Machine!

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The talk is free and all are welcome (aged 16+ only), but please pre-book tickets online at:

This talk will be aimed at an interested non-specialist adult audience, but is also open to sixth-form students aged 16+.

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Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker who works for the Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge. He can be mostly found touring the UK, and the world, giving talks about the history and mathematics of codes and code breaking as part of our Enigma Project. He is also a celebrated popular maths presenter on YouTube.

This talk is part of the Millennium Maths Project public and schools' events series.

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