Code Breaking, Espionage & More on the Third Floor

Have you ever tried solving a cryptogram? Every letter is replaced by a different letter consistently throughout a phrase, meaning all m’s appear as k’s, and all k’s as y’s, for example.  I see them in Newsday every morning, but I never seem to have much luck.  I know one letter words are usually “I” or “A” and three letter words are usually “the” or “and,” but I guess some things are best left to professionals.

Cracking military codes is always a major priority during times of war (and probably even peace).  There’s no better way to uncover enemy movements and plans then when they don’t know you’re listening.

There’s a code breaking and espionage display on the third floor that has lots of books like Codes, Ciphers & Other Cryptic & Clandestine Communication, Battle of Wits : the Complete Story of Codebreaking in World War II and The Emperor’s Codes : the Breaking of Japan’s Secret Ciphers. It always amazes me when someone can take random bits of information and put together a complete picture.  In The Bible Code , controversial author Michael Drosnin finds hidden codes in the Bible he believes can predict the future.  Books like The Art of Deception and Crypto : How the Code Rebels Beat the Government–Saving Privacy in the Digital Age demonstrate how computer hackers can sort through the seemingly harmless information to break into complex security systems.

How are your code breaking skills? Try one for yourself!


Highlight to reveal the answer–>  “James Bond wasn’t the only spy who loved me.”

– posted by Megan, Reference Services

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