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Turning’s Bicycle and Modular Arithmetic

  A passage that I found especially intriguing in Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon, is when Waterhouse and Turning are on a bike ride in the English countryside. In these few complex mathematical pages, we are taught about modular arithmetic, which helps … Continue reading Continue reading

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Settling at 100,000,000,000,000,000

The National Security Agency’s request to have a standard encryption system for businesses to communicate with one and other is a controversial topic, yet definitely justifiable. Horst Feistel developed the Lucifer system, which was known to be one of the … Continue reading Continue reading

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We Don’t Know What We Have Until It’s Gone

Chapter 4 of Little Brother circles around the idea of a want for familiarity. After the main character, Marcus Yarrow, is taken hostage, he is stripped of his belongings and dignity. Marcus talks about wanting to be back with his … Continue reading Continue reading

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Motivation for Cracking Ciphers

The Beale Cipher consists of three cipher texts and only one has been cracked throughout the past one hundred years. One of the ciphers allegedly leads to where the treasure of over $20 million is located and the other two … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Complexity of the Great Cipher

Antoine and Bonaventure Rossignol created the Great Cipher of Louis XIV and made it so complex that it took over 200 years to decipher. Generation after generation attempted to crack the cipher, yet no progress was made. The Rossignol’s both … Continue reading Continue reading

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