Tuesday 13 May 2008

The Enigma Machine

The Enigma machine was once considered unbreakable, and the cracking of the "unbreakable code" by the allies changed the course of World War 2. This week on the podcast we talk to Nadia Baker from the Enigma Project about the history of codes and code-breaking, why the Enigma machine was considered unbreakable, the mathematics behind codes, and how it was finally cracked. The Enigma Project travels all over the United Kingdom and abroad, visiting over 100 schools and organisations, reaching over 12,000 people of all ages every year.

Listen to this show here.

You can read more on the Enigma Machine in this Plus article.
Coincidentally, I did the same course in Science Communication as Nadia, just a few years apart. Funny to meet up in Cambridge!

1 comment:

  1. I saw this week at Maplin a DIY enigma machine. Basically it was a small cheap electronics kit, but I wonder how well it works