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  • Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
  • Author: Simon Singh
  • ISBN: 9781857028799
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 incIn 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 logistical 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.
    The Code Book The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography 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 n

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    1. The Code Book is like geek porn Explanations of the theories behind cryptography are woven together with anecdotes of times when code making or code breaking was integral to historical events Singh strikes an excellent balance with this book The clarity of his writing makes the explanations of the mathematics of cryptography very straightforward without dumbing them down, and the historical connections are always fascinating.Personally, my favorite part was the section devoted to the role crypto [...]

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    4. By far the best and the most interesting book on the subject recommended to anyone interested in Cryptography and its history I read it in three days mainly because I couldn t put it down.

    5. I recently watched The Imitation Game, which left such a bad taste in my mouth, that I wanted to clean it up with something in a similar subject Having read two of Sighn s other books, I picked this one.I had high expectations and it met them nicely The book tells the story of ciphers and encryption through history from what the Greek and the Romans did, through the Enigma, and finally to RSA The style is very easy and pleasant to read, everything is pretty understandable even if you don t have [...]

    6. I haven t had this much gleeful delight in a book in a long time This book is pure fun It s not fast reading necessarily, and requires some active engagement to keep up, but man, it is a blast If you read a lot of spy books as a child, or if you re secretly jealous when there s a cipher to be solved in a TV or movie plot and a character says, Yeah, I can totally crack this if I have a few hours, let me get to work, you re going to love this Singh introduces us to famous historical ciphers and co [...]

    7. Read for the Reading Without Walls challenge, for a topic you don t know much about And even though I didn t finish it in a week, CHALLENGE COMPLETE.I really enjoyed The Code Book The explanations were well done, and the history lessons amazed me, which is odd because I m not a history fan I learned a lot about codes and ciphers and how they work, and that was the best part of it all I liked the writing, so I think I might pick up another Simon Singh book in the future.

    8. I never thought I d love a book about mathematics, or ever see the beauty of mathematics My mother was definitely right when she kept pestering me to work harder on my math and argued that it was EVERYWHERE I had argued back saying I would be fine as long as I could perform the basic calculations Maybe this is what growing up is about That being said, this is a very informative book about the past, present and future of cryptography Singh takes us on a journey from ancient times where simple com [...]

    9. This is a must read before reading Cryptonomicon Or maybe after, like I did If you at all feel uncomfortable in your knowledge of one time pad cyphers, public private keys, or the importance of really good cryptography for average folks, please read this book It s sadly a bit out of date, but Singh does such a brilliant job of methodically building up the complexity in cyphers though history, that you will inevitably learn a ton.

    10. Singh, author of Fermat s Enigma, has even included a code to practice one s deciphering skills on The successful cryptanalyst will win 15,000 In the appendix, he discusses other famous attempts at breaking codes, including the recent book, The Bible Code, by Michael Drosnin This work caused quite a stir a couple of years ago when Drosnin, building really on the work of several Hebrew scholars, claimed to have discovered several prophecies hidden in the text of the Bible, a forecast of the assas [...]

    11. I was fascinated with codes and ciphers when I was a kid I even had a junior spy code kit with a bunch of cool stuff and I could send little notes to friends with secret messages like Mr Nutzenjammer is a dork and Cindy eats her boogers and we would all congratulate ourselves with our cleverness That s all pretty juvenile, but the ciphers included in my little spy kit were the basics in modern encryption systems and you can read all about it in Simon Singh s The Code Book, an excellent primer fo [...]

    12. I thought this book would be dry and boring, but oh no I love a good puzzle, and this history of making, cracking, and innovating secret codes was enthralling And it gets better at the end of the book there are codes to try your hand out I got pretty excited when I solved the first and easiest one They got harder and the book became overdue at the library so I gave it up For about a week I had the idea that I was going to be the best code cracker ever and that the CIA would HAVE to hire me and I [...]

    13. i picked this up at my brother in law s house and started reading it, immediately went out and bought a copy.wowwhat a FANTASTIC book.ematically oriented non fiction that reads like an anthology of suspense storieshighly enjoyable

    14. I have a romantic view of old fashioned, analog cryptography and stenography Every time I read about it, I feel like a kid again, sitting in a treehouse with the neighboring kids who make up our small detective spy club, encrypting messages we hoped someone would care to attempt to read If I were born a decade or two earlier, I surely would have become a ham radio operator Recommendations for spy novels that capture this childish feeling are appreciated.This book details the world history of cry [...]

    15. This is the second work of Simon Singh that I have read, and in my opinion it is the greater of the two It explores the art of ciphering codes and encryption which has developed profusely over the centuries, with alot of help from Charles Babbage and the computer Singh delves into the story of Mary Queen of Scots and explains in an epic and intersting way about how Mary s life depended upon whether her encrypted messages were deciphered It goes on to the key role of mathematicians in WWII partic [...]

    16. A history of cryptography ought to have spy stories and treasure hunts and daring wartime conspiracies, which Simon Singh provides, but he grounds it all in strikingly clear mathematical and logical explanations of cryptographic methods He tells the history as a back and forth between cryptographers and cryptanalysts, with one group having the upper hand at different points in history With the very early ciphers, I already had a background intuition about how they might be deciphered, but by the [...]

    17. Prvn jsem od autora etl knihuVelk Fermatova v ta a Kniha k d a ifer je stejn strhuj c I kdy jsem o ifrov n u leccos v d l, ujasnil jsem si p r historick ch daj , jako t eba e Enigmu prvn rozlouskli Pol ci I ostatn p b hy z historie jsou rovn oslavou lidsk vynal zavosti Na jeho psan se mi l b , e je to sice popul rn nau n , ale sv si tam najde za te n k i pokro il Netu il jsem, e u je teoreticky p ipraven ifrov n , kter by nem l prolomit kvantov po ta Zaj mav je i pojedn n o depozici RSA kl.

    18. The Code Book has wide appeal and is a good read for anyone who is of the polymath mindset If you like history pertaining to computing or are interested in algorithms, it is a monumental book Singh may be the best science writer out there He has that rare ability to take complex science and math topics and explain in very straightforward layman s terms.

    19. If you re looking for an excellent primer to the world of cryptography and cryptanalysis, then The Code Book, is the one you must lay your hands on The book can be looked at in three perspectives At a micro level, it is a guide to the various techniques of secret writing, and how they can be deciphered Right from Caesar s cipher to quantum cryptography, the book traces how encryption and decryption has evolved in the last two millennia, which, by itself is fascinating Second, it can be looked at [...]

    20. Mr Singh manages to explain concepts that should be way beyond this thickie s level of understanding That he manages to do so in an entertaining page turning manner is testament to his skill both as a mathematician and a writer This book examines how from earliest history in parallel with writing, it became necessary for human kind to devise ways to send messages in code So we learn how complex codes developed from very simple ones, and Simon explains along the way that there are ancient codes s [...]

    21. A tour de force for anyone remotely interested in cryptography Singh has done a marvelous job of chronologically describing the art of hiding information from the Rosetta stone, to the lesser known message hiding tricks used in Queen Mary s court, followed by the Enigma machine, till the emergence of computers He backs up the technical details with intriguing history, which only makes up for a wonderful reading experience My favorite part in the book was the explanation of Quantum Cryptography H [...]

    22. Singh does an excellent job explaining the development and process of cryptography and cryptanalysis in easy to understand terms except for me perhaps the working of the Enigma, which still is a bit of an enigma in fact so easy does he make it sound that one might be tempted to believe that one can be a cryptanalyst oneself well until on turns to practically solving problems anyway I also liked the way he wove the explanations of the actual process and working of encryption and cryptanalysis wit [...]

    23. A fantastic exploration of cryptography, looking at the game of leapfrog between the code makers and the code breakers I was fascinated by the story of the Enigma code as well as the incredible cracking of it Singh also covers computer encryption in a manner which is easy to understand and fascinating in its detail.The best part about this book is its accessibility You don t need to be a mathematician to follow how codes were developed and broken I was riveted by the development of cryptography [...]

    24. Prepare to dork out with your bad self, because this book is for those of us who A Had a code dial as a kid like Ralphie in A Christmas Story , and B Didn t get laid until at least college The truth is, though, that Simon Singh s The Code Book rocks the pants This guy s knowledge and history is astounding, and while much of it is beyond me to fully understand, I am enad with the way the stories unravel Enjoyably crafted and with the lay reader in mind, I think many could enjoy this tomeif they c [...]

    25. I m fascinated by the history of encryption, so this book was up my alley Singh traces the evolution of encryption techniques using stories from history to illustrate.Singh takes care to also give technical explanations for what s going on, and you can use the charts to try out some of them for yourself.Just recently, there s the story of the runic code that was finally solved and it turns out it was used mostly for fun with one of the translated messages saying, simply, Kiss me So sometimes it [...]

    26. 5.0 History of crypto, from its very beginning to public key cryptography and a sketch of quantum cryptography Very well written and researched, balancing accuracy, ease of reading and entertainment One of the best non fiction read recently

    27. The extent to which human brain can produce such encryptions is beautiful all for the sake of just one thing, secrecy

    28. This is a fascinating introduction to the world of cryptography It has opened my eyes to a whole new subject that interests me, and now I have spent many hours attempting to create a machine that can decrypt hidden messages It is a wonderful and gripping tale of the history of cryptography, and presents the entire plot as a battle between the code makers and the code breakers I was never left a little bored at parts as I occasionally am during non fiction books because it is a continuous story t [...]

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