Machine Code (7 July 1992)

Machine code excerpt
Item #D10. Unidentified scrap of machine code for the programs on the Agrippa diskette.

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Code for Scrolling Gibson’s Poem in Agrippa (9 August 1992)

Agrippa code
Item #D5. Part of the code used to generate the scrolling text of William Gibson’s poem in Agrippa.

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See also the encryption code used to make the poem seem to “disappear” after it had run once.

Letter from Kevin Begos to William Gibson (1992)

Letter from Kevin Begos to William GibsonItem #D9. Letter of 1992 (exact date unknown) from publisher Kevin Begos, Jr., to William Gibson regarding Agrippa.

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For the “Kodak book” referred to, see 1920 Kodak catalog advertising “The Agrippa Album.” The plan for using the special vintage Whatman papers was never implemented.

Mathematical Foundation for Agrippa‘s Encryption Code (1938)

Excerpt from math book Item #D4. Mathematical basis of the encryption used to make the pre-encrypted copy of Gibson’s poem on Agrippa’s disk. (This is the work referred to by the programmer in the last paragraph of his letter of 28 March 1992).
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Bibliographical Information

See also the programmer’s letter on the encryption code.

Press Release for “The Transmission” (1 December 1992)

Press release regarding the December 9, 1992, transmission of Agrippa
Item #D11. Press release from the publisher regarding the December 9, 1992, “transmission” of Agrippa.

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This press release was attached to a faxed letter of Dec. 1, 1992, from Kevin Begos to David Leslie of The Kitchen in NYC. (Excerpt from letter)

The Kitchen’s Press Release for “The Transmission” (16 October 1992)

The Kitchen Press Release
Item #D18. The Kitchen’s press release for the transmission of Agrippa.

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Wright, E.M and Hardy, G.H. An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1938.

Chapter five, “Congruences and Residues,” provides an explanation and summary of Euler’s fuction, the mathematical basis for programming the code of Agrippa. (more…)

Farley, Christopher John. “Gibson’s Goals for ‘Agrippa'”

USA Today (Sidebar) 20 Apr. 1992: 2D.

Sidebar offers brief commentary from William Gibson about the nature of the medium of this art object and book. (more…)

Farley, Christopher John. “Innovative Computer Disk Story Has a Short Shelf Life.”

USA Today 20 Apr. 1992: 2D.

Article is a brief news piece about the release of Agrippa. (more…)

A Computer Book You Can’t Put Down.”

Business Week 21 Dec. 1992.

Article is a brief news item that offers a concise description of Agrippa. See Untraced Works. (more…)