Time: Monday, 07 November, 2011, 17.45
Venue: Filmhouse, Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Tickets: Please buy tickets from the Filmhouse
The speaker will introduce the topic in a 10 minute presentation before the film and will also lead a post-film discussion with the audience
Film: Enigma (15)
During the heart of World War II, in March of 1943, cryptoanalysts at Britain's code-breaking center have discovered to their horror that Nazi U-boats have changed their Enigma Code. Authorities enlist the help of a brilliant young man named Tom Jericho to help them break the code again. The possibility of a spy within the British code-breakers' ranks looms and Tom's love, Claire, has disappeared. To solve the mysteries, Tom recruits Claire's best friend, Hester Wallace. In investigating Claire's personal life, the pair discovers personal and international betrayals.
Guest Speaker: Prof. Tom Stevenson
Tom Stevenson is the operations director of the SMC at the University of Edinburgh and has over 30 years experience in microfabrication including direct involvement in the technical developments underpinning the post-processing activities in the cleanrooms. Tom studied Physics and then Instrument Design at the University of Aberdeen. He spent 12 years in industry, with Ferranti Limited and Wolfson Microelectronics. He then joined the University of Edinburgh to pursue a career in microelectronics research. He has always been active in public engagement with science. He is the chairman of the Museum of Communication in Burntisland, Fife. The Museum specialise in communications technology from the pre- electric optical telegraph used in the Napoleonic Wars to the latest state- of- the- art web cams and cameras for mobile phones. The Museum has a major collection – over 40 tonnes - of artefacts covering electrostatics, telegraphy, telephony, audio, radio, television and video and IT as well as some early experimental radar, satellite, photographic and printing equipment plus a technical library of scientific literature and related documentation.