Breaking the Enigma Code May 17

Discover the Story of the Unsung Hero of WWII at the Rochester Hills Public Library

The Rochester Hills Public Library is excited to host “Breaking the Enigma Code: One WWII Event That Changed the World,” presented by Professor Frank Cardiman, May 17 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Photo of the machine that broke codes in WWII. Taller than a human, under glass, showing many round dials

Breaking the Enigma Code: One WWII Event That Changed the World

Oakland University professor Frank Cardiman presents another installment in the 2018 Smart Towns topic, Agents of Change series at the Rochester Hills Public Library (RHPL). This presentation will focus on the groundbreaking work of Alan Turing and his team during WWII, and their efforts to break Germany’s Enigma Code.

“What Turing and his team did in breaking the Enigma Code saved over 2 million lives and reduced the war by 2 to 3 years, according to experts,” says Cardiman. “He certainly qualifies as an Agent of Change, not only because of his contribution to the war, but also because his work eventually created the first known computer.”

Audience members in this community-partnered event will learn about Turing’s difficult and intense work during the peak of the war, and how that work eventually translated to giant technological leaps outside of the war itself.

“We are very excited to partner with Smart Towns to bring this important part of history to life for our patrons. We’re very proud to offer a platform for important history that might not otherwise be shared,” says Rochester Hills Public Library Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harris Keighley.

The program is March 20 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at

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  1. Donald Worrell says

    Frank spells his name CardimEn—not CardimAn

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