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What we don’t know drives us

To understand why amateur and professional cryptanalysts alike have not given up on the Beale ciphers after hundreds of years, the reader must refer back to a quotation in the beginning of The Code Book. Singh so appropriately referenced John Chadwick in saying, “The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature.” I […] Continue reading

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Human Nature versus Cryptography

Do you know how many people think they are smarter than everyone else? 94%. — Or at least this was the case in 1977, where professors said they were above average in relation to their peers. When we rate others, we recognize the circumstances and characteristics that govern other people’s actions but when we think […] Continue reading

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