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Days to Centenary: 14
We’re nearing the finish line of the countdown to the Turing Centenary — just two weeks to go!
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If you’re a regular on this site you already know two ways to build your own Enigma machine. Still, wouldn’t you love to encode something on a real Enigma machine and have it decoded on an actual Bombe?
Next week you can, at least if you’re in the vicinity of the Cheltenham Science Fair.
From June 12-17 the Fair will be borrowing a real Enigma machine, on loan from GCHQ. You can have a Twitter message encoded and it will then be sent to Bletchley Park, where it will be decoded with a Bombe, the code-breaking device masterminded by Alan Turing to defeat the Enigma codes being used by the Nazis in World WarII.
How that for a little historical role-playing? Visit the Discover Zone to participate.
The Fair is also featuring an address by Jack Copeland, Director of the Turing Archive, called Alan Turing: Pioneer Of The Information Age on June 12 at 8:30 pm. General admission tickets are £9.