Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Filed under: General,Geometry — m759 @ 8:13 PM

IMAGE- 'Station X,' a book on the Bletchley Park codebreakers

From the obituary of a Bletchley Park
codebreaker who reportedly died on
Armistice Day (Monday, Nov. 11)—

"The main flaw of the Enigma machine,
seen by the inventors as a security-enhancing
measure, was that it would never encipher
a letter as itself…."

Update of 9 PM ET Nov. 13—

"The rogue’s yarn that will run through much of
the material is the algebraic symmetry to which
the name of Galois is attached…."

— Robert P. Langlands,
     Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

"All the turmoil, all the emotions of the scenes
have been digested by the mind into
a grave intellectual whole.  It is as though
Bach had written the 1812 Overture."

— Aldous Huxley, "The Best Picture," 1925

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