Cipher Busting by Edgar Allen Poe, Jules Verne, William F. Friedman - and Beyond,
Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy, West Point NY
February 26, 2007
Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204
In this talk we will present some strategies for busting cryptograms and then move on to discuss several methods of busting ciphers from literary sources using counting and statistical approaches. Cryptology, the study of making and breaking ciphers, offers rich historical and mathematical material for study, and we shall touch on both. BioSketch: PROF Brian Winkel is the Editor-in-Chief and a Founding Editor of Cryptologia, a journal devoted to all aspects of cryptology. He is also Editor-in-Chief and Founding Editor of PRIMUS - Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, a journal devoted to all aspects of teaching undergraduate mathematics. Currently he is a senior faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point NY. He has taught in liberal arts setting (Albion College), engineering setting (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), and now military setting (United States Military Academy). Originally schooled in Noetherian rings (PhD Indiana University, 1971) his real passion is mathematics applied and he enjoys teaching a modeling and technology approach to learning mathematics.
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