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The code book

Author: Simon Singh
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Singh
ISBN: 0385495315 9780385495318 0385495323 9780385495325
OCLC Number: 414591141
Notes: Sub-title varies between publishers.
Description: xiii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Simon Singh.

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"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."--Amazon.

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