The Code Book

The Code Book The Science of Secrecy Form Ancient Agypt to Quantum Cryptography

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The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

From the best-selling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book is a history of man's urge to uncover the secrets of codes, from Egyptian puzzles to modern day computer encryptions.

As in Fermat's Last Theorem, Simon Singh brings life to an anstonishing story of puzzles, codes, languages and riddles that reveals man's continual pursuit to disguise and uncover, and to work out the secret languages of others.

Codes have influenced events throughout history, both in the stories of those who make them and those who break them. The betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots and the cracking of the enigma code that helped the Allies in World War II are major episodes in a continuing history of cryptography. In addition to stories of intrigue and warfare, Simon Singh also investigates other codes, the unravelling of genes and the rediscovery of ancient languages and most tantalisingly, the Beale ciphers, an unbroken code that could hold the key to a $20 million treasure.

Book information

ISBN: 9781857028898
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: 4th Estate
Pub date:
DEWEY: 652.8
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 402
Weight: 334g
Height: 195mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 27mm