The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
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.
The year is 2023. After decades of governments failing to preserve the basic tenants of sound fiscal policy, abuse of their institutions and massive dependency on government benefits, the basic motivational drives that give everyone a reason to get out of bed in the morning no longer existed. Self-reliance had been replaced with dependency on…
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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