hp Science Lecture : Simon Singh (fwd)
- Martin's pointed out that this clashes with Peter Flach's research
seminar on machine learning at ILRT. Looks interesting though.
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Subject: hp Science Lecture : Simon Singh
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 11:00:40 -0000
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The next HP Science Lecture will be given by Simon Singh, Author, Journalist
and TV Producer, on
"Cracking the Cipher Challenge"
Further details are attached.
HP Science Lectures are open to the public. Please forward this message to
any friends or colleagues who might be interested. A drinks party is held
following the lecture to give the audience an opportunity to meet the
speaker in person.
Registration for the lecture is not required but, to help with catering,
please let me know if you would like to attend the drinks party.
Science Lecture Administrator
HP SCIENCE LECTURE ANNOUNCEMENT
Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2002
Time: 5.00 p.m. GMT
Title: Cracking the Cipher Challenge
Speaker: Simon Singh
Author, Journalist and TV Producer
Venue: Cabot Auditorium, Building 3, HP Laboratories, Bristol
and Broadcast Live to
IU Lambda video conference room
HP Laboratories, Palo Alto at 9.00 am PST
Gamera conference room, 11th Floor, HP Cambridge, MA
at 12.00 noon EST
PLEASE NOTE LECTURE WILL NOT BE VIDEOD
In "The Code Book", a history of cryptography, the author Simon Singh
included ten encrypted messages with a prize of £10,000 for the first person
to decipher all of them. Thousands of amateur and professional codebreakers
took up the Cipher Challenge, but it took over a year before the messages
were cracked. Simon Singh will be talking about how he constructed the
Cipher Challenge and how the winners eventually cracked it. In particular,
he will be using the Cipher challenge to give an introduction to the history
of cryptography and to demonstrate why encryption is more important today
than ever before. Along the way, he will demonstrate a genuine Second World
War Enigma cipher machine.
After completing his PhD in particle physics at Cambridge University, Simon
Singh became a science journalist. He is the author of two best selling
books, "Fermat's Last Theorem" and "The Code Book", and prior to that he was
a producer and director in the BBC TV Science Department. He has recently
presented programmes on BBC radio and Channel 4 (The Science of Secrecy,
Five Numbers, The Serendipity of Science).
More information can be found at http://www.simonsingh.net
Application Services Department
HP Labs, Bristol
t: +44 (0)117 312 7788
f: +44 (0)117 312 8003
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