Speaker Series: Breaking the Code: Alan Turing
Join us on October 16th, 6:30-8:00PM for another Speaker Series! A2 Member Dick Rubinstein will be giving a talk about the intricacies of the historic enigma machine and will demonstrate the use of his own personal replica! Interested? Please RSVP to our Facebook event.
“You may have seen the movie The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing. It’s a good movie, but it’s not good history. Alan Turing was indeed critical to the WW II British effort to routinely break the German military cyphers, but there were many other players. My interest is in Turing, who in addition to his war-time code breaking arguably created the fields of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and mathematical biology. He was a mathematician, a gay man, and something of an odd duck, though not the totally unsocialized loner portrayed in the movie.
I’m intrigued with the cleverness of the Enigma machine, which created apparently unbreakable cyphers, and the greater cleverness of those who broke it. I will explain how the Enigma machine worked and why the Germans thought it invulnerable. We’ll look at some of its weaknesses, and see how Turing and other cryptanalysis were able to read its messages. I have a Swiss version of the Enigma machine that I will demonstrate.” – Dick Rubinstein
The Artisan’s Asylum Speaker Series seeks to engage our community and inspire us to make the world we want to see. All events are free for members and Friends of Artisan’s and a $10 suggested donation from the public. If you are interested in being a speaker, email firstname.lastname@example.org.