There are messages to Posterity (all of us living today) from the foremost creative genius of the Western Intellectual tradition.
Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626) disclosed in his writings that he had invented six different encryption methods for concealing private text within plain, open public text. This concealment technique is called Steganography. Bacon’s outer public text was the words of his books, authored under numerous pen names — perhaps as many as 100!
Like a message in a bottle from four hundred years ago…
One of the goals of Sir Francis was to disclose to the world some of the terrible, suppressed secrets of the era in which he lived (the end of theTudor Dynasty) many of which he was an in-person witness to. Revealing any of these during his lifetime would have cost him his life.
Two of the six crypto methods were discovered by Americans near the turn of the twentieth century.
"The cipher may, perchance, remain in hiding until a future people, furnished with wits keener than those of our own times, open this heavily barred entranceway, and enter the house of treasure."
Hint: Bacon was a master cryptographer, and invented the Binary Code (the basis for our current Digital World) when he was about 17 years old.
While many of his secret writings have already been decoded, and have been published to the world, there has been stubborn, widespread denial of their validity for more than 100 years.
Which brings into focus the reason-to-be for this project:
Purpose: To use technology in a novel way to expose the secret writings of Sir Francis to the world, presenting visualizations in such a way as to eliminate any possible doubt about Validity.
The New Gorhambury Project
This website will show the results of what will be a multi-year project to gather needed source materials, develop technology, and make presentation to the world. The project is named in honor of Francis Bacon’s beloved country home, Gorhambury, which exists today in ruins.