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Code breaking - History

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From: Dave Olson <Dolson@cloverpark.k12.wa.us>
To: Teacher2Teacher Service
Date: Feb 22, 2004 at 21:03:30
Subject: Code breaking - History

I am planning a unit on matrices and will do some encoding and decoding using matrices. I want to add a little history to the unit and thought I would talk about the WWII German coding machine "enigma" I have read a few articles on the machine and its history but I cannot find out one simple fact. Was the enigma machine based upon matrices and their inverse or some other technique. I think it was but I am not 100% sure.

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