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VMs: OT: The Da Vinci Code...

Hi everyone,

I've just finished reading "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown (soon to be a Major Motion Picture, possibly with Robin Williams?). IMO, any book published in 2003 that begins with the words...

	The Priory of Sion --
	a European secret society founded in
	1099 -- is a real organization".

...isn't ~hugely~ credible. :-o

All the same, the book's a lively read, rather more about word-games than crypto (it does briefly discuss atbash) - in fact, though it's quite fun overall, it never really gets "under the skin" of its subject matter (codes, symbology, the feminine, etc). Just about right for a film, but a bit thin for a book.

One thing I didn't know: the text mentions the cryptologic notion of a "self-authorising language" - that is, "if you're smart enough to read it, you're permitted to know what is being said" (p.205). Sounds vaguely familiar? :-)

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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