Author Archives: Kristin Davis

From Letters to Numbers

Though Neal Stevenson’s novel Cryptonomicon is fictional, its story of cryptography geniuses Lawrence Waterhouse, Alan Turing and Rudy von Hacklheber during World War II gives a very accurate account of the processes and drama experienced by these experts in their field. World War … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Cost of Safety

Though almost every American instinctively cringes at the mention of government limiting freedoms and invading privacy, I believe that often this invasion of privacy is a necessary evil to ensure safety. By limiting the DES, or Data Encryption Standard, to 56 bits … Continue reading Continue reading

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Going Public

In Little Brother, the main character Marcus Yarrow repeatedly uses cryptography to spread information without the DHS’s knowledge while disguising it in the chaos of data. Though the characters are only teenagers, they certainly have moved past childish cryptography methods such … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sense of Nonsense

It is amazing to think that in the current age there are still mysteries waiting to be sovled. The progress of science has made so many advances and solved so many problems that it seems almost as if there can’t … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cipher Complexity of the Great Cipher

The Great Cipher, created by Antoine and Bonaventure Rossignol was, at its time, one of the greatest ciphers ever made. Cryptanalysists for 200 years worked to break the secrets hidden in the Rossignol’s cipher, but it was only until Étienne … Continue reading Continue reading

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Cumulative Knowledge

There are two different types of scholarship: being able to learn and being able to discover. While almost anyone can be taught to accomplish a task, having the mental power to discover something that no one has ever thought of before takes … Continue reading Continue reading

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