Contact: Lynn Stewart,
Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120,
or Dr. Jodi
Campbell, Convocations Committee Chair, 869-5185
Author Simon Singh
to Spend Week at Centenary,
Give Public Attaway Lecture on Thursday, April 4
SHREVEPORT, LA -- "Cracking the Cipher
Challenge" will be the topic when bestselling author Simon Singh of London,
England, speaks twice at Centenary College on Thursday, April 4.
The public program, free and open
to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in Kilpatrick Auditorium, which is
located in the Smith Building on the corner of Kings Highway and Woodlawn
Street. Earlier the same day, Singh will address a First-Year Experience
convocation for Centenary students.
In The Code Book, Singh provided 10 coded messages for readers
to crack, with a prize of $15,000 for the first person to crack all of
them. He will talk about this "cipher challenge," how he coded the
messages, and how they were cracked.
Along the way, he will reveal the history of codes and codebreaking
and discuss encryption in the Information Age: How secure are your emails?
How safe are your credit cards on the Internet? What are the implications
of an unbreakable code?
Singh earned a Ph.D. in particle physics from Cambridge University before
joining the BBC as a director and producer for television documentaries.
As an author, he has produced two bestsellers, Fermat's Enigma and
The Code Book. He now presents programs on British television and
radio, including the popular Science of Secrecy series.
Singh comes to Centenary as an Attaway
Fellow. The Attaway fellowships, endowed by the late Douglas and
Marion Attaway, bring to the campus people who have made extraordinary
contributions to the public discussion of ideas.
He will visit with students in both
formal and informal meetings and will make presentations in conjunction
with the college's First-Year Experience program for students who are new
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