Startup: The Devolution of Communication

We’ve lamented here already about how text messaging and twitter are killing language – but computers in general are killing writing. This used to be an art and a skill. My sister took a calligraphy class in college. They used to just call that writing. Now schools are dropping cursive from the curriculum and […]

Spy vs Spy Week

Know All The Codes!

Codes, Ciphers & Other Cryptic & Clandestine Communication by Fred B. Wrixon is a spectacularly thorough examination of how people communicate in secret. Its subtitle, “making and breaking secret messages from hieroglyphs to the internet,” is a very succinct description of a very verbose and wide-ranging book. To a layperson, Mr. Wrixon’s book could easily apppear to be a textbook from a military academy. It covers everything you’d ever want or need to know about codes and ciphers, in both theory and practice. But there is very few dry spots in his presentation. He smartly weaves history and technical theory together, using specific past examples of secret codes (both successful and not) to illustrate each of his discussions of specific code types.
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