No secret decoder ring included

Posted in: Research, A Summary View, Thomas Jefferson

American Scientist is getting a lot of mileage out of Jefferson lately.  In the March-April 2009 issue of American Scientist, mathematician Lawren Smithline helps out the folks at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson by decoding a supposedly-unbreakably-encoded message sent to Jefferson by Philadelphia smarty-pants Robert Patterson in 1801.

Thanks to our sources (hey thanks, Dad!) we have a copy of this article at the library for your reading pleasure.  Unfortunately it is not freely available online (unless you are a subscriber to American Scientist); you can purchase the article from them for $12, or locate a library near you that subscribes.

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