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Examining the history of codes and ciphers.
July 18, 2001
Examining public-key cryptography, which was further developed into a cipher known as RSA.
July 11, 2001
The history of codes is examined. Included: the cracking of an encoded telegram from the German foreign minister to the president of Mexico during World War I.
July 4, 2001
Profiling mid-19th-century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage, who was challenged to crack a particularly resilient code---the Vigenère cipher, which had been unbreakable for 300 years.
June 27, 2001
The race to decipher the hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt at the dawn of the 19th century.
June 20, 2001
Examining the case of Mary Queen of Scots. A cipher in her correspondence resulted in a charge of treason in 1586 for plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I.
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