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Collector to give talk on enigma machine next week

HANCOCK — Friends of the Hancock Free Public Library present “The Real Story of ‘The Imitation Game’ and the Enigma of Alan Turing” on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Hancock Town Hall.
The 2014 movie “The Imitation Game” tells the story of the cracking of the German Navy Enigma code and the extraordinary contributions of mathematician Alan Turing to this endeavor. In order to keep the audience interested and involved, the movie has allowed some inaccuracies and omissions both in the history and in the masterful portrayal of the eccentric mathematician Alan Turing by Benedict Cumberbatch. This talk will trace the actual history of the cracking of the Enigma code and attempt to fill in some of the enigmatic aspects of Turing’s personality.
Tom Perera is a retired professor of neuroscience who specialized in research on the coding of information in the human brain and nervous system. He has been hunting for, collecting, researching, restoring and selling Enigmas for over 25 years. He located, restored and sold the Enigma that stars in the “Imitation Game.” He provides extensive Enigma information through his Enigma book, his lectures and his website, www.enigmamuseum.com.

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