In preparation for class on Thursday, September 30th, please read the rest of the second chapter in the Simon Singh book (page 78 and following) and respond to the following questions.
- Singh notes that in the latter half of the 19th century, there was “an enormous growth of interest in ciphers among the general public.” (p. 79) What factors do you think led to this growth? Would you say there is interest in ciphers among the general public today?
- The Beale Ciphers have remained unbroken for over a hundred years. Given that hundreds if not thousands of professional and amateur cryptanalysts have tried to break them without success, why do you think there are still people who attempt to break them? What motivates people like that?