The 1979 paper "Password security: a case history" by Robert Morris and Ken Thompson is really, really good. It documents the evolution of the UNIX password security implementation, from "store all password in cleartext in the same file" to something that uses a slow algorithm and salting to defend against attacks such as the whole password database leaking, brute force guessing, dictionary attackes, and rainbow attackes.
Pre-publication PDF: https://wolfram.schneider.org/bsd/7thEdManVol2/password/password.pdf
@liw The age of some tech notions can be quite surprising.
Fitts's Law dates to the 1950s.
As does the saying "complexity is the enemy", full quote being "Complexity is the enemy of reliability". From The Economist.
We're slow learners.
Lars and friends