Confronted with the prospect of defeat, the Allied cryptanalysts had worked night and day to penetrate German ciphers. It would appear that fear was the main driving force, and that adversity is one of the foundations of successful codebreaking.
In the information age, the fear that drives cryptographic improvements is both capitalistic and libertarian--corporations need encryption to ensure that their secrets don't fall into the hands of competitors and regulators, and ordinary people need encryption to keep their everyday communications private in a free society. Similarly, the battles for greater decryption power come from said competitors and governments wary of insurrection.
The Code Book is an excellent primer for those wishing to understand how the human need for privacy has manifested itself through cryptography. Singh's accessible style and clear explanations of complex algorithms cut through the arcane mathematical details without oversimplifying. --Therese Littleton
We sent this to our grndchildren (high school) and they loved reading about the codes and such. Interesting book.Published 1 month ago by Ellen T
It is a very informative book with interesting historical stories of how Roman encrypt secret military message and model computer encryption. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Yip LIU
Really awesome book. Great combination of technical material and historical background.Published 1 month ago by Daniel Levenson
The author provides a well researched, comprehensive history of codes and some additional interesting history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robin C. Henry
I love how the subject, that can be considered dense, is so easily accessible and readable when Singh puts it into words. He makes learning a thoroughly enjoyable experience.Published 2 months ago by Eirik Stavelin
Excellent historical review of the topic, written more like an adventure novel than a technical resource. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dave_M