(AGI) Lecce, Sept 26 - During a "night of researchers" hostedin Lecce, the National Institute of Nanoscience (IstitutoNanoscienze Laboratorio Nazionale di Nanotecnologia delConsiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR), in cooperation withthe Foreign Ministry, has organised a session entitled "FromEnigma to Quantum Computers" (Da Enigma al computerquantistico) which will present an overview of developments inthe technological sector, from modern applications ofcryptography to the evolution brought by the advent ofnanotechnology. Marco Mazzeo will open the conference at 7 p.m.on Friday with his paper "Towards Quantum Computers" (Verso ilcomputer quantistico), followed at 8 p.m. by Marcella Cucurachifrom the Foreign Ministry and the Directorate General forDevelopment Cooperation, DGCS, who will present her "How toplan a security system." In the mean time, between 6 p.m. andmidnight there will be screenings of the film, "From JuliusCaesar to Alan Turing. The evolution of encrypted messages" (DaGiulio Cesare ad Alan Turing: l'evoluzione del messaggiocifrato). As emphasized by the organisers of this event, hostedat the library of the former Monastero degli Olivetani, ideasconcerning computers and cryptography are as old ascivilization. Today, however, we are seeing a revolution inwhich the very idea of computation evolves continuously thanksto quantum mechanics and nanotechnology. Friday's event alsoincludes an exhibition of the Enigma machine, an undisputedexample of historical and cultural importance to better explainand understand physical and mathematical laws governing dailylives and the coming future. (AGI). .