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The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780756754730
 
from Diane Pub Co (January 1, 1999)
9780756754730 | details & prices | 402 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.65 lbs | List price $30.00
About: Codes have decided the fates of empires, countries, and monarchies throughout recorded history.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Anchor Books (August 1, 2000); titled "The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography"
9780385495325 | details & prices | 411 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Includes a history of how codes have affected the world, from the World Wars to the death of Mary, Queen of Scots, and also looks at what the future holds for the field of cryptography.
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Reprint edition from Paw Prints (April 9, 2009); titled "The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography"
9781439580165 | details & prices | 411 pages | List price $24.95
About: Codes have decided the fates of empires, countries, and monarchies throughout recorded history.
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Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date August 1, 2000
Pages 411
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780385495325
ISBN-10 0385495323
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Summary
A look at the world of codes includes a history of how they have affected the world, from the World Wars to the death of Mary, Queen of Scots, and also examines what the future holds for the field of cryptography. Reprint. 85,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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.

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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