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Enigma Day

The whole of Second Year gathered in the theatre for an interesting talk on the enigma machine by mathematician James Grime.

He gave a brief history of sending secret messages in code throughout history from tattooing messages on slaves’ heads and waiting for the hair to grow back in ancient Roman times to cracking the enigma code. The complex enigma code was thought to be unbreakable until Alan Turing created the Bombe machine, capable of cracking the code before the Germans could receive it.

Afterwards we had the opportunity to ask James any questions we had, then we split up into our forms for a code breaking session with him. It was a great day that inspired us to do more code breaking of our own.

Madeline Pratt - IILD