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Cryptanalysis: A Study of Ciphers and Their Solution Paperback – April 1, 1989
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However, crytology in 2001 is as different from cryptology in 1939 as a Virginia-class submarine is from a pre-WW II sub. So, if it were me, I would start learning from Alan Konheim's book, using Gaines' book as a supplementary text for clarification and examples. Konheim's book requires one to know or learn a certain amount of math that Gaines doesn't require, but since about 1960 it has become very hard to grasp (let alone use) modern crytographic methods without at least as much math as Konheim uses, so one might just as well bite the bullet and learn it.
All crypto can, loosely, be divided into the sort used by governments, banks, international drug traffickers, and those using digital communications and that type of crypto used by people who just don't want secretaries, nosey people or their teacher peeking into their lives.
This book will most likely cover all the later groups crypto needs. I have used it, almost exclusively, for 30 years, where fast and short communication was needed to a known recipient with a decryption `key'.
This book uses complex English and print which is uncomfortably small. There are some `gems' of obscure information in this book as, by example, a frequency list which identifies the final letter of 10,000 typical words in Portuguese ... O.K. ... nothing I suspect that one could not `figure out' but nothing I suspect that one ever would.
While a trained crypto analyst might unravel these in short order they are impenetrable to most secretaries, nosey folks and schoolteachers.
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This covers all the basic pen and paper type ciphers
gives descriptions as well as approaches to solving them
this is the basis needed to use more advanced books... Read more
If you ever wanted to learn about cryptanalysis and have discovered that it is quite impossible to learn by yourself in this area, this book is a great helping hand! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Merrick
After watching The Imitation Game, my son wanted this book used in the movie to read and learn about coding. He finds this very interesting and pretty cool to read.Published 11 months ago by C - Mama Likes To Read Book Blog
This is a "must-have" for anyone interested in Classic Cryptography. I have owned the paper copy for years and couldn't pass on having a copy as an ebook.Published 12 months ago by Jerry Ross
A good basic analysis with much useful information to more in-depth research.Published 13 months ago by Steven Quinn