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

ISBN-10: 0385495323

ISBN-13: 9780385495325

Edition: 1999

Authors: 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 yo wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/29/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Simon Singh was born in Great Britain in 1964 and educated at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge (where he received a Ph. D. in particle physics). He worked at the European Centre for Particle Physics and the BBC's science department. At the BBC, he worked on Tomorrow's World. Singh and John Lynch produced and directed an award-winning documentary on Fermat's Last Theory. He later published a book on the same topic.

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