Saturday 11 November 2017
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
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 led 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.
Talk 14:30 - 15:30
Running times are approximate and subject to change