Saturday, July 4, 2009

Cryptologist Breaks 200 Year Old Code

In December 1801, Robert Patterson wrote to Thomas Jefferson, and included a somewhat lengthy statement on the use of cryptology. At the end of the letter he included a sample of what the use of cryptology and codes could be like.

It is believed that Jefferson never cracked this particular code.

In 2007 Dr. Lawren Smithline, a noted cyrptologist, cracked the code. Dr. Smithline's paper on this has finally been published.

You can read the hidden message that Patterson sent to Jefferson on THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

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