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Disappearing Cryptography, 3rd Edition by Peter Wayner

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Chapter 12. Keys

12.1. The Key Vision

A new directive from the National Science Foundation ordered all researchers to stop looking for “keys” that will dramatically unlock the secrets behind their research. The order came swiftly after a new study showed that a “wholistic vision” was a more powerful metaphor than the lock and key. Administrators at the National Science Foundation predicted the new directive would increase discoveries by 47% and produce significant economies of effort.

The recent news of the metaphoric failure of the lock and key image shocked many researchers. Landon P. Murphy, a cancer specialist at Harvard's Women and Children's Hospital, said, “We spent our time searching for one key insight that would open up the field ...

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