The Pathology of Cryptology—A Current Survey

  title={The Pathology of Cryptology—A Current Survey},
  author={Klaus Schmeh},
  pages={14 - 45}
  • Klaus Schmeh
  • Published 1 January 2012
  • Computer Science
  • Cryptologia
Abstract “The Pathology of Cryptology” is the title of a chapter in David Kahn's book The Codebreakers. This chapter mainly deals with hidden messages, which amateur scientists claim to have discovered in the works of William Shakespeare and in other literary works. The present article picks up this subject and provides it with a theoretic framework under the name of “para-steganography.” Moreover, further case studies are added to those given by Kahn, including many examples that only became… 
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