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The code book : the science of secrecy from ancient Egypt to quantum cryptography /

by Singh, Simon.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2000Edition: First Anchor Books edition.Description: xvii, 411 p. : ill., map, portraits ; 21 cm.ISBN: 0385495323; 9780385495325; 9781439580165; 1439580162.Subject(s): Cryptography -- History | Ciphers -- History | Confidential communications | Data encryption (Computer science)
Contents:
Cipher of Mary Queen of Scots -- Le Chiffre indéchiffrable -- Mechanization of secrecy -- Cracking the enigma -- Language barrier -- Alice and Bob go public -- Pretty good privacy -- Quantum leap into the future
Summary: "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: secrecySummary: "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 you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is"--Publisher's description
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-402) and index

Cipher of Mary Queen of Scots -- Le Chiffre indéchiffrable -- Mechanization of secrecy -- Cracking the enigma -- Language barrier -- Alice and Bob go public -- Pretty good privacy -- Quantum leap into the future

"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 you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is"--Publisher's description

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