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Secret History : the Story of Cryptology.

Author: Craig P Bauer
Publisher: CRC Press [Imprint], Abingdon : Taylor & Francis Group. April 2013 ;
Series: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications Ser.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Bauer, Craig P.
Secret History : The Story of Cryptology.
Hoboken : CRC Press, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Craig P Bauer
ISBN: 1466561874 9781466561878
OCLC Number: 894363370
Description: 1 online resource (620 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Front Cover; Contents; Note to the Reader; Introduction; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 --
Ancient Roots; Chapter 2 --
Monalphabetic Substitution Ciphers, or MASCs: Disguises for Messages; Chapter 3 --
Simple Progression to an Unbreakable Cipher; Chapter 4 --
Transposition Ciphers; Chapter 5 --
Shakespeare, Jefferson, and JFK; Chapter 6 --
World War I and Herbert O. Yardley; Chapter 7 --
Matrix Encryption; Chapter 8 --
World War II: The Enigma of Germany; Chapter 9 --
Cryptologic War against Japan; Chapter 10 --
Claude Shannon; Chapter 11 --
National Security Agency; Chapter 12 --
Data Encryption Standard. Chapter 13 --
Birth of Public Key CryptographyChapter 14 --
Attacking RSA; Chapter 15 --
Primality Testing and Complexity Theory; Chapter 16 --
Authenticity; Chapter 17 --
Pretty Good Privacy; Chapter 18 --
Stream Ciphers; Chapter 19 --
Suite B All-Stars; Chapter 20 --
Possible Futures; Back Cover.
Series Title: Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications Ser.

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Winner of an Outstanding Academic Title Award from CHOICE Magazine Most available cryptology books primarily focus on either mathematics or history. Breaking this mold, Secret History: The Story of Cryptology gives a thorough yet accessible treatment of both the mathematics and history of cryptology. Requiring minimal mathematical prerequisites, the book presents the mathematics in sufficient detail and weaves the history throughout the chapters. In addition to the fascinating historical and political sides of cryptology, the author--a former Scholar-in-Residence at the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Center for Cryptologic History--includes interesting instances of codes and ciphers in crime, literature, music, and art. Following a mainly chronological development of concepts, the book focuses on classical cryptology in the first part. It covers Greek and Viking cryptography, the Vigenère cipher, the one-time pad, transposition ciphers, Jefferson's cipher wheel, the Playfair cipher, ADFGX, matrix encryption, World War II cipher systems (including a detailed examination of Enigma), and many other classical methods introduced before World War II. The second part of the book examines modern cryptology. The author looks at the work of Claude Shannon and the origin and current status of the NSA, including some of its Suite B algorithms such as elliptic curve cryptography and the Advanced Encryption Standard. He also details the controversy that surrounded the Data Encryption Standard and the early years of public key cryptography. The book not only provides the how-to of the Diffie-Hellman key exchange and RSA algorithm, but also covers many attacks on the latter. Additionally, it discusses Elgamal, digital signatures, PGP, and stream ciphers and explores future directions such as quantum cryptography and DNA computing. With numerous real-world examples and extensive references, this book skillfully balances the historical aspects of cryptology with its mathematical details. It provides readers with a sound foundation in this dynamic field.

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