ISBN 9780385495325,The Code Book: The Science Of Secrecy From Ancient Egypt To Quantum Cryptography

The Code Book: The Science Of Secrecy From Ancient Egypt To Quantum Cryptography


Simon Singh


Random House

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Random House

Publication Year 2000

ISBN 9780385495325

ISBN-10 0385495323


Number of Pages 432 Pages
Language (English)

Space science

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.

About the Author
Simon Singh received his Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University. A former BBC producer, he directed and co-produced an award-winning documentary film on Fermat's Last Theorem that aired on PBS's Nova series and formed the basis of his bestselling book, Fermat's Enigma. He lives in London.



1. The Cipher of Mary Queen of Scots
2. Le Chiffre Indechiffrable
3. The Mechanization of Secrecy
4. Cracking the Enigma
5. The Language Barrier
6. Alice and Bob Go Public
7. Pretty Good Policy
8. A Quantum Leap into the Future
The Cipher Challenge
Further Reading
Picture Credits