Modern algorithms crack 17th century code

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October 26, 2011
Wired    
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"Computer scientists from Sweden and the United States have applied modern-day, statistical translation techniques -- the sort of which that are used in Google Translate -- to decode a 250-year old secret message. The original document, nicknamed the Copiale Cipher, was written in the late 18th century .... The document revealed the rituals and political leanings of a German secret society, and one that had a strange obsession with eyeballs, plucking eyebrows, eye surgery and ophthalmology." (10/26/11)

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/copiale-cipher-crack/  

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