Mathematics and the Enigma Machine

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Up till the Second World War, the most advanced forms of encryption involved simple paper and pencil techniques. But security blunders on both sides during the First World War highlighted a need for a higher level of secrecy, with more advanced methods of enciphering messages.

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Mathematics and the Enigma Machineby flecky28 Justin FleckPeriod 7The Enigma MachineUp till the Second World War, the most advanced forms of encryption involved simple paper and pencil techniques. But security blunders on both sides during the First World War highlighted a need for a higher level of secrecy, with more advanced methods of enciphering messages. Both the Allies and the Axis countries were looking for a new way to encrypt messages, a way that would result in complete security. In 1915 two Dutch Naval officers had invented a machine to encrypt messages. This encryption t

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