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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Emerald Bay Books; First edition (September 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982283709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982283707
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Code-breaking, forgeries, murder, romance, ancient Greek cults brought to life, three-letter agencies defending national security---what more could one want? A compelling tale, well told! --Professor Ronald L. Rivest, M.I.T., the R in RSA<br /><br />Juels, chief scientist at RSA Laboratories in Bedford, is best known for highlighting the vulnerability of radio frequency identification technology, or RFID, through his technical articles. But in his first work of fiction, Tetraktys, Juels adds more than a measure of James Bond and Jack Ryan to his expositions on ciphers and factoring. Tetraktys ... adds Juels to the handful of security specialists using fiction to hash out potential security hacking scenarios for coming years. --Mark Baard, The Boston Globe

Code-breaking, forgeries, murder, romance, ancient Greek cults brought to life, three-letter agencies defending national security---what more could one want? A compelling tale, well told! --Professor Ronald L. Rivest, M.I.T., the R in RSA

About the Author

Dr. Ari Juels is Chief Scientist of RSA Laboratories. His many research publications touch on topics ranging from cryptography to genetic algorithms, with a particular emphasis on security for biometrics, RFID tags (wireless microchips), storage systems, and electronic voting. MIT s Technology Review Magazine named Juels one of the world s top 100 technology innovators under the age of 35 in 2004. In 2007, Computerworld honored him in its 40 Under 40 list. Juels studied Latin Literature and Mathematics at Amherst College and Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

More About the Author

Dr. Ari Juels is Chief Scientist of RSA Laboratories. Best known for his work on the security of RFID tags (wireless microchips), Ari has also published research on biometrics, storage systems, click fraud, privacy, and electronic voting.

MIT's Technology Review named Ari one of the world's top 100 technology innovators under the age of 35 in 2004. In 2007, Computerworld honored him in its "40 Under 40" list. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, Slashdot, National Public Radio, Forbes, and many other media outlets.

Ari studied Latin Literature and Mathematics at Amherst College and Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley.

Visit www.ari-juels.com or www.tetraktysnovel.com to learn more.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Len Sherman on July 14, 2009
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When I was first given this book by a friend, I hadn't heard of the author and couldn't pronounce the title, so I was more than a little skeptical. However, within a few pages, I found myself engrossed in a plot both ancient and futuristic, reminiscent of The Da Vince Code in that structure but a thousand-fold more plausible and intelligent: Instead of a jumble of facts and made-up nonsense about Jesus, it deals with the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras, and his cult of numbers, bursting more than a couple thousand years forward into the world of computers. It's both thoughtful and thought-provoking, and never stops moving. I highly recommend Tetraktys.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben Rothke on July 29, 2009
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Imagine for a moment what his novels would read like if Dan Brown got his facts correct. The challenge Brown and similar authors face is to write a novel that is both compelling and faithful to the facts. In Tetraktys, author Ari Juels is able to weave an interesting and readable story, and stay faithful to the facts. While Brown seemingly lacks the scientific and academic background needed to write such fiction, Juels has a Ph.D. in computer science from Berkeley and is currently the Chief Scientist and director at RSA Laboratories, the research division of RSA Security.

The book, which might be the world's first cryptographic thriller, tells the story of Ambrose Jerusalem, a gifted computer security expert, still haunted by his father's death, a few months shy of his doctorate, who has a beautiful and loving girlfriend, and a bright future ahead of him. This is until the government gets involved and Jerusalem's plans are put on hold when the NSA asks him to join them to track down a strange and disturbing series of computer breaches.

Tetraktys, like similar thrillers, has its standard set of characters; from corrupt State Department and World Bank officials, a dashing protagonist with a long-suffering girlfriend, to mysterious and obscure terrorist groups. This terrorist group is in the book is comprised of followers of Pythagoras.

As to the title, a tetraktys is a triangular figure of ten points arranged in four rows, with one, two, three, and four points in each row. It is a mystical symbol and was most important to the followers of Pythagoras. While mainly known as the creator of the Pythagorean theorem, Pythagoras of Samos was an influential Greek mathematician and founder of the religious movement of Pythagoreanism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By walktowork on September 4, 2009
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Smart, fast-paced mystery that kept me at the edge of my seat. The plot exposes the vulnerability of identity, authenticity, and security as it interweaves modern cryptography with classical art and literature. The author, with expertise in both areas, delights and startles us with revelations that feel like they come from a true insider. The hero, cerebral yet sensitive, and a strong cast of secondary characters propel the novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick OHagan on August 1, 2009
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I highly recommend this book. It's a rare blend of page-turning suspense with a very smart storyline about mysteries from the past and future. You'll constantly wonder what's real and what's imagined. The characters are deep and well developed. I've read and enjoyed many thrillers from the usual suspects--Dan Brown, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, etc.--but this was the first one that I kept on my shelf after finishing. I certainly hope there's a sequel.
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By Jane on April 23, 2014
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Unfortunately, a large section of the book about 2/3s of the way through is missing. The seller is not, of course, responsible for this, although I contacted them to see whether they had a better copy. The publisher is hard to find, but I was able to track down the person responsible via Twitter. She kindly promised me an electronic copy of the complete book but despite repeated reminders, she never came through. It's hard to like a book that is incomplete.
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