How do computers help decode inscrutable ciphers?
Back in the 1940s, mathematician Warren Weaver made an audacious suggestion: what if translation was not a feat of literary theory and linguistics, but one of cryptography? Weaver suggested treating a foreign text as if it were a code to be broken. (This theory was the early basis of machine translation, a subfield of computational linguistics.) This metaphor of foreign language as code means that statistics …
Can you see the difference between those symbols?
Though one of the least-used letters, X has a remarkable way of getting attention. We’ve already looked at the varied uses of X: Gen X, Xbox, XOXO, the X chromosome. British dramatist Ben Jonson wanted to remove the 24th letter from the alphabet, saying, that x “is rather an abbreviation, or way of short writing, than a letter: for it hath the sound of c and s, or k and s.” …
Origin of readable
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The answer was sketched quickly and readably: the alien, too, was either a pilot or had some authority over flyers.Star Born
(of handwriting, etc) able to be read or deciphered; legible
(of style of writing) interesting, easy, or pleasant to read
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