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

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Paw Prints, Nov 25, 2008 - Science - 411 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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User Review  - Yarahashimoto - Goodreads

One of my all-time favorite books which I have read many time in sections. Easy to read prose, and explanations, interesting anecdotes to illustrate and well researched material, make this highly enjoyable and informative. Read full review

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User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

One of my all-time favourites. Great overview about codes and cryptography throughout history all the way to cutting-edge stuff at the time of writing. Singh finds a way to keep the story interesting while explaining the codes very well at the same time. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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

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