The Code Book by Simon Singh
The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography

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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 yo wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.


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About Simon Singh

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Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge. A BBC producer, he directed and coproduced an award-winning documentary film on Fermat's Last Theorem that aired on PBS's "Nova" series. He is also the author of the bestselling The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography. He lives in London, England.
 
Published January 26, 2011 by Anchor. 432 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, War, Science & Math, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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London Review of Books

The Caesar shift is an example of a monoalphabetic cipher, all of which, as Arab mathematicians demonstrated in the tenth century, are easily broken because letter frequencies are consistent across texts in a given language – the commonest letter in any such encryption of an English text will cor...

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If there's anything I've gained from by reading Simon Singh's The Code Book and David Berlinski's The Advent of the Algorithm back to back, it is a newfound awe for Alan Turing.

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The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography by Simon Singh, author of the bestselling book Fermat's Enigma, offers a deep exploration of the evolution of codes and how they have affected history.

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