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The book of codes : understanding the world of hidden messages : an illustrated guide to signs, symbols, ciphers, and secret languages

Author: Paul Lunde
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, ©2009.
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This illustrated encyclopedia surveys the history and development of code-making and code-breaking in all areas of culture and society from hieroglyphs and runes to DNA, the Zodiac Killer, graffiti, and beyond.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Lunde
ISBN: 9780520260139 0520260139
OCLC Number: 428433188
Description: 279 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: THE FIRST CODES: Reading the landscape --
Tracking animals --
Bushcraft signs --
Early petroglyphs --
First writing systems --
Reading cuneiform --
Alphabets and scripts --
The evolution of numerical systems --
Linear A & Linear B --
The Phaistos disc --
The mystery of hieroglyphs --
Hieroglyphs revealed --
The riddle of the Maya --
Indigenous traditions --
SECTS, SYMBOLS, & SECRET SOCIETIES: Early Christians --
The pentangle --
Divination --
Heresies, sects and cults --
Rosslyn Chapel --
Alchemy --
Kabbalism --
Necromancy --
Rosicrucians --
Freemasons --
CODES FOR SECRECY: The art of concealment --
For your eyes only --
Frequency analysis --
Disguising ciphers --
Medieval cipher systems --
The Babington plot --
The da Vinci code --
Ciphertexts and keys --
Grilles --
Spies and black chambers --
Mechanical devices --
Hidden in plain sight --
COMMUNICATING AT A DISTANCE: Long-distance alarms --
Flag signals --
Semaphore and the telegraph --
Morse code --
Person to person --
CODES OF WAR: Classical codes of war --
The 'indecipherable' code --
The great cipher --
19th-century innovations --
Military map codes --
Field signals --
The Zimmermann telegram --
Enigma: the 'unbreakable' system --
WWII codes and code breakers --
Cracking enigma --
Navajo windtalkers --
Cold war codes --
CODES OF THE UNDERWORLD: Street slang --
From Samurai to Yakuza --
Cockney rhyming slang --
The Mob --
Ramblers' sign language --
Cops and codes --
The zodiac mystery --
The zodiac legacy --
Graffiti --
Youth codes --
Digital subversion. ENCODING THE WORLD: Describing time --
Describing form --
Force and motion --
Mathematics: the indescribable --
The periodic table --
Defining the world --
Encoding the landscape --
Navigation --
Taxonomy --
The genetic code --
Genetic ancestry --
Using the genetic code --
CODES OF CIVILIZATION: Codes of construction --
Taoist mysticism --
South Asian sacred imagery --
The language of Buddhism --
The patterns of Islam --
Mysteries of the North --
Medieval visual sermons --
Stained glass windows --
Renaissance iconography --
The age of reason --
Victoriana --
Textiles, carpets, and embroidery --
CODES OF COMMERCE: Commercial codes --
Brands & trademarks --
Makers' marks --
Codes of work --
Currency and counterfeits --
The book in your hands --
CODES OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR: Body language --
Survival signals --
Sporting codes --
Etiquette --
Dressing your message --
Heraldry --
Formal dress codes --
Decoding the unconscious --
The language of dreams --
VISUAL CODES: Signs & signage --
Highway codes --
Challenged communication --
Describing music --
Musical scores --
Animal talk --
Extraterrestrials --
IMAGINARY CODES: Modern magic and mayhem --
The Bible code --
The Beale Papers --
Mystery and imagination --
Fantasy codes --
Doomsday codes --
THE DIGITAL AGE. The first computers --
Supercomputers --
Talking to computers --
Alice, Bob, & Eve --
Future medicine --
Where are codes taking us?
Responsibility: Paul Lunde, general editor.
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This illustrated encyclopedia surveys the history and development of code-making and code-breaking in all areas of culture and society from hieroglyphs and runes to DNA, the Zodiac Killer, graffiti, and beyond.

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