|Francis Bacon cryptography|
- Francis Bacon’s cipher is a five-bit binary code
- not a cipher
- but representing A, for example, by 00000,
- and B by 00001, and so on.
- Bacon introduced this code as a steganographic means,
- that is, of concealing a secret message,
- in which each 1 is represented in an unrelated page of text
- with one font alternative
- and each 0 is represented with a different font alternative.
- A common resource of early printers was to have
- available each letter with serifs of different styles
- with different widths to use in justifying text.
- Should you carefully examine the pattern of letter widths
- in the first quarto of King Lear by Wm. Shakespeare,
- you would find that Francis Bacon wove into the printed text
- some of the essential computer codes for the Apollo space project.
- They say that Mark Twain believed it,
- and they claim that Friedrich Nietzsche gave it credence.
- Others published more outlandish theories—
- that Queen Elizabeth married the Earl of Leicester
- and that Francis Bacon was her child,
- that the works of Shakespeare were part
- of a Rosicrucian plot to undermine the monarchy,
- and that the plays were the moral philosophical component
- of Bacon’s Great Instauration project.
- My theory is better proven—
- that imagination, self-deception, and mischief
- make life more interesting.
- As Bacon himself wrote, “we could impose on men’s senses
- an infinite number of things if we wanted
- to present these things . . . as a miracle.”