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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
Interesting and engaging stories about code writing and breaking with just the right amount of technical details.Published 22 days ago by G. Leach
Great background on the subject. Will give you a wide variety and examples. Love the book, well writtenPublished 25 days ago by Jonathan
Very cool book. A great, easy read for so technical a subject as cryptography.Published 25 days ago by Michael Pitt
It's a really good comprehensive book into the field of cryptography if you're looking for an entertaining and enlightening read on the historic and methodology in codebreaking I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by NewArtist
Great book - very historical and somewhat technical for a lay reader but I already knew what the book contained through various previous readings and research…so no new information... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michelle Morning
Outstanding book by an excellent author. First comprehensible explanationI've found for both the Enigma and the Bombes and how the codes were broken during WW2.Published 1 month ago by JT
Wonderful history of codes with lots of examples. Really a fun read, but bring your paper and pencil and mhave fun
Also, please read more Simon Singh
He is brilliant in... Read more
Ok. Not very technical at about the 50% mark. Was expecting more. More of a history book with some very simple technical aspects. A little disappointing.Published 1 month ago by John P. Mann
This is a great book for anyone who is interested in the history of cryptography and code. I bought this to get some background on the subject while taking a crypto course online... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cjp2yf