The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 26, 2011 - Science - 432 pages
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In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy.

Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world's most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it.  It will also make yo wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.

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One of the most intriguing and interesting books I've read in a very long time. This was actually a required textbooks for a friend's college course, and I borrowed it after he was done with the class ... Read full review

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I remember being very much at awe, reading about Fermat's Last Theorem (same author), but this book really didn't tell me anything new, except for some historical gossip on important figures in the ... Read full review

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Le Chiffre Indéchitirable
The Mechanization otSecrecy
Cracking the Enigma
The Language Barrier
Alice and Bob Go Public
Pretty Good Privacy
A Quantum Leap into the Future
The Cipher Challenge
Further Reading
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About the author (2011)

Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge. A former BBC producer, he directed an award-winning documentary film on Fermat's Last Theorem that aired on PBS's "Nova" series, and wrote the bestselling book Fermat's Enigma. He lives in London, England.

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