Graduiertenkolleg: Methods for Discrete Structures

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Monday Lecture and Colloquium

Monday, June 21, 2010

Technische Universität Berlin
Fakultät II, Institut für Mathematik
Str. des 17. Juni 136,
10623 Berlin
room MA 041

Lecture - 14:15

Bill Casselman - Vancouver

The Polish decipherment of Enigma

There is a reasonably large literature about the work of Polish cryptographers in deciphering German Enigma traffic during the period 1932 - 1939, starting apparently with parts of the Enigma manual written by Alan Turing during World War II. In spite of that, there remain some obscure points in the mathematics involved, even though it is elementary. I'll talk about this mathematics, as well as show lots of pictures of machines, manuscripts, and people.

16:00 - MA 517

Faculty Meeting (internal)

Letzte Aktualisierung: 16.06.2010