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Alan Turing and the Enigma machine

Sat 11 November 2017

West Road Concert Hall

Can we build a machine that can solve any problem? How can we break a code others believe to be unbreakable? Why do leopards have spots and zebras have stripes? These very different questions in science were all answered by Alan Turing - one of our great 20th century mathematicians, the father of computer science, and most famous as a Second World War codebreaker.

We explore Turing’s childhood fascination with maths and science and how it lead to these discoveries, and the breaking of the infamous Enigma cipher. Including a demonstration of an original Second World War Enigma machine!

Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. He can be found touring the UK, and the world, giving talks about the history and mathematics of codes and codebreaking, or through his many maths videos on YouTube.

Cost: £7 (£5 concessions and Friends)

Enquiries and booking

Booking is recommended for this event.

Enquiries: Cambridge Live Tickets Website Telephone: 01223 35785


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Sat 11 November 2017 2:30PM - 3:30PM


Address: West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
Email: westroad@mus.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 335184