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Code Book The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography

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ISBN-10: 0385495315

ISBN-13: 9780385495318

Edition: 1999

Authors: Simon Singh

List price: $24.95
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Codes have decided the fates of empires, countries, and monarchies throughout recorded history. Mary, Queen of Scots was put to death by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, for the high crime of treason after spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham cracked the secret code she used to communicate with her conspirators. And thus the course of British history was altered by a few sheets of cryptic prose. This is just one link in humankind's evolutionary chain of secret communication, and just one of the fascinating incidents recounted in The Code Book, written by bestselling author Simon Singh. Combining a superb storyteller's sense of drama and a scientist's appreciation for technical perfection, Singh…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/14/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
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.

Introduction
The Cipher of Mary Queen of Scots
Le Chiffre Indechiffrable
The Mechanisation of Secrecy
Cracking the Enigma
The Language Barrier
Alice and Bob Go Public
Pretty Good Privacy
A Quantum Leap into the Future
The Cipher Challenge
Appendices
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Further Reading
Picture Credits
Index