6.2 mathematicians visit Bletchley Park

6.2 mathematicians recently visited Bletchley Park, which is an estate located in the town of Bletchley, in Milton Keynes. We learnt about the Enigma machine along with the Lorenz machines and the Colossus – the world’s first programmable electronic computer. The Enigma machine was invented in Germany and captured machines were used by Britain’s code breakers as a way of deciphering German signal traffic during World War Two. The Lorenz machines were rotorstream cipher machines used by the German Army during WWII and the Colossus was used for finding possible Lorenz key settings – although not completely decrypting the message. Full decryption relied on the work of the mathematicians and code breakers at Bletchley. Overall it was a very educational visit.

By Maddie Scott, 6.2

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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