[Cryptography] Letters to and from Pope John Paul II

Tom Mitchell mitch at niftyegg.com
Thu Jun 9 15:06:17 EDT 2016

Where does cryptography,  historic letters and journals
sit in the place of things?    Almost all correspondence
and note taking is now digital and more and more is
encrypted.  If it is to be durable and private crypto seems
to be necessary..... what is the impact?

Would cryptography deny history insight to great minds and
even the actions of elected officials?  How is a diary like
that of Anne Frank penned in today's and tomorrow's digital world?

Two sets of correspondence remind me to ask.
Both sat quietly effectively in secret for a long
enough time.

*) Anna Teresa Tyemienecka &  Karol Wojtyla
*) Einstein, A.  & Born, M.

In the NPR February 21, 2016 at 2:58 PM EDT
show is a comment that the then cardinal distrusted
the polish mail system and waited to reply to letters
between the philosopher  Anna Teresa Tyemienecka.
(then Karol Wojtyla).

The headline like so many bad headlines focuses
on her being married.  But there was a thirty year
conversation between the two deep thinkers.

Earlier, a set of collected letters:

Born-Einstein Letters, 1916-1955
Friendship, Politics and Physics in Uncertain Times
Authors: Einstein, A., Born, M.



  T o m    M i t c h e l l
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