The Code Book

The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

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The Code Book

The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

  • 4.00 ·
  • 34 Ratings
  • 230 Want to read
  • 8 Currently reading
  • 41 Have read

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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English
Pages
432

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The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
August 29, 2000, Anchor, Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
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First Sentence

"On the morning of Saturday, October 15, 1586, Queen Mary entered the crowded courtroom at Fotheringhay Castle."

Classifications

Library of Congress
Z103.S56 1999, Z103 .S56 2000

The Physical Object

Pagination
xviii, 412p
Number of pages
432

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7440495M
Internet Archive
codebook00simo
ISBN 10
0385495323
ISBN 13
9780385495325
OCLC/WorldCat
45010734, 45273863
Library Thing
8340
Goodreads
17994

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On the morning of Saturday, October 15, 1586, Queen Mary entered the crowded courtroom at Fotheringhay Castle.
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