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Code cracked in 'Da Vinci' case

April 29, 2006|From Bloomberg News

The British judge who embedded an encoded message in his recent judgment in a case involving Dan Brown's bestseller "The Da Vinci Code" revealed the secret after a London lawyer solved the puzzle.

In his ruling, Justice Peter Smith hid a reference to the man who invented the British Navy's first modern warship, using the Fibonacci Sequence, a combination of a mathematical progression and letter substitutions featured in Brown's religious thriller. Dan Tench, a lawyer at the law firm Olswang, claims he was first to uncover it: "Jackie Fisher who are you Dreadnought."

John "Jackie" Fisher was a 19th-century admiral credited with developing the Dreadnought, a battleship equipped with six or more guns.

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