Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 15

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 21, 2001 on The History Channel
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Whenever a culture reaches a level of sophistication in literacy, science, and language, codes spring up spontaneously. As the social life of a community increases in complexity, the demands for private communication between two or more people inevitably lead to cryptology--a system of secret symbolic messages. Explore the rich history of communicating with secret symbols--from Egyptian hieroglyphics to Caesar's encrypted directives, from WWI and WWII codebreakers to cyberspace.moreless
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      • Narrator: Caesar altered his alphabet, the Nazi's had Enigma, computers and digital encryption, the attempts to make and break these secret methods of scrambled communication have changed have changed the course of history. Now: Codes, on Modern Marvels.

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      • Commentators:

        Dr. David Hatch
        Director, Center for Cyptologic History

        Dr. David Kahn
        Author, The Codebreakers

        Stephen Budiansky
        Author, Battle of Wits

        Arthur Levenson
        Bletchley Park Codebreaker

        Samuel Billison
        President, Navajo Codetalkers Association

        Phil Zimmermann
        Inventor, Pretty Good Privacy

        Prof. Leonard Adleman
        Co-Inventor, RSA Crypto Cipher

        Dr. Dorothy E. Denning
        Professor, Georgetown University

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