Korman Center, Room 245
Colloquium: How the Poles Beat the Nazis (In the Cipher War)
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Speaker: Craig Bauer, York College of Pennsylvania
The talk begins with a demonstration of an Enigma cipher machine and an explanation of how it works. Then the manner in which a small team of Polish mathematicians cracked these ciphers is detailed. The important contributions made by the French, British, and even some Germans (!) is covered. Historical context is provided throughout and the impact the decipherments made in shortening the war and saving lives is presented.