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

de Simon Singh

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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 you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.… (més)
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Hiding secrets (i.e., cryptography or the science of encryption) has become an increasingly important topic in the modern Information Age. It’s not just the stuff of the military and diplomacy. We cannot communicate secrets like credit card numbers over the Internet without it. In this book, dated around the turn of the millennium, Singh shares the history of encrypting messages. He begins to forecast its impact in the twenty-first century while noting exciting trends in the directions of quantum computing and quantum cryptography.

Near the beginning of the Common Era, Julius Caesar famously used a “caesar cipher” to cloak his messages. Conceptually, it’s so easy to implement that my elementary-school-aged daughter learned about it. But soon, it became just as easy to break it. This war between code-makers and code-breakers has continued throughout history. Singh tells us of the major battles of this war in a lively and informative way. He provides both the historical setting and technical details behind these events.

Some of the most interesting stories surround the events of the twentieth century’s world wars. Singh tells each of these stories, with particular depth surrounding the British efforts. Alan Turing and others from England’s eclectic Bletchley Park are described in detail. Described in just as exciting of a manner are modern mathematical efforts around digital encryption. RSA and DES encryption are meticulously explored. Obviously, efforts in the new millennium, in which the Internet has tremendously grown in importance, are not described because of the publication date. Nonetheless, the general trajectory of the field can be ascertained by this historical dive.

Indeed, history conveys ideas with extreme accuracy, so this book introduces readers to the field in an accessible way. Anyone looking to learn about cryptography from real-world methods can gain from this treatment. It does not enter into mathematical minutiae and leaves that to other introductions. Instead, as a history, it deals with pragmatics by an approach that non-mathematicians can appreciate. Singh has adapted this text into a later version that is directed to interested young people. Together, either of these books will orient curious readers about this increasingly important field. ( )
  scottjpearson | Nov 27, 2021 |
Fun, even though the technical details are too detailed for me, especially the later computer-related stuff that I know and use myself... ( )
  cwebb | Aug 16, 2021 |
Great insight into the basics and even the more advanced ideas behind keeping privacy. The last chapter was enough to make my head spin. Will keep the book and re-read should I need any refresher on cryptography concepts. ( )
  garrettjansen | Mar 27, 2021 |
Liked it well enough ... but forgot I read it, bought it again, and realised my mistake. So not that memorable, unfortunately. ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
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Singh, SimonAutorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Coqueret, CatherineTraductorautor principalalgunes edicionsconfirmat
Fritz, KlausTraductorautor principalalgunes edicionsconfirmat
Bridge, AndyAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which consists in the solution of mysteries, but most of us are driven to sublimate this urge by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment. Detective stories or crossword puzzles cater for the majority; the solution of secret codes may be the pursuit of a few.
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For my mother and father, Sawaran Kaur and Mehnga Singh
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On the morning of Wednesday, 15 October 1586, Queen Mary entered the crowded courtroom at Fotheringhay Castle.
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The Code Book: How to Make It, Break It, Hack It, Crack It is not the same as the original Simon Singh book. It was significantly revised for younger readers.
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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 you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.

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