CRYPTOGRAMS

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Al-Kindi wrote about how to solve cryptograms, by examining the frequency of letters and other techniques. This was not recreation, but government spycraft.
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cryptogram-example

cryptogram (in English) of a quotation by Vladimir Nabokov


Al-Kindi (801-873), living in Baghdad, wrote about how to solve cryptograms, by examining the frequency of letters. He likely used other techniques such as guessing commonly used words. This was not recreation, but government spycraft.


He has been called the father of Arab philosophy.

Image was provided by Wikipedia.
image credit (and solution to cryptogram) are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptogram

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