Codebreaker: The History of Secret Communication. Front Cover. Stephen Pincock. Walker, Oct 3, – Computers – pages. Codebreaker: The History of Secret Communication Stephen Pincock is news editor for The Scientist magazine, a science columnist for the Financial Times. Codebreaker by Stephen Pincock, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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This book is the history of ciphers and codes. Comments and reviews What are comments? There’s a problem loading pincocck menu right now. Feb 28, Mike Thompson rated it cosebreaker it Shelves: I don’t read non-fiction very often but I will if the subject is of interest. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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Each time a more complex encryption has been developed, it has been attacked and, more often than not, decoded; and each time, in response, codemakers have produced tougher and tougher codes.

These online bookshops told us they have this item: The text is interesting but the book felt sort of scattered, but overall and nice glossy overview of the topic. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. Feb 18, Carrie rated it really liked it. It shows just how Julius Caesar cunningly obscured the meaning of vital wartime messages and explains the way that Sir Francis Walsingham – the founder of England’s first secret service – was able to use coded letters to foil plots against Elizabeth I.

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It covers the complex mathematics of modern cryptographic systems, but in a way that makes their general features accessible to most readers. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. To ask other readers questions about Codebreakerplease sign up. It teaches some basic cryptograhpic systems, from Caesar shift to that of srephen WWII Navajo code talkers, all the way to the theoretical quantum cryptography.


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Dave Blair rated it liked it Jun 29, The book nicely combines a sense of history of the subject with real life ciphers and codes that one codebrealer try out today. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List.

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As mentioned earlier, there are challenge exercises in the appendix. A nice introduction to codes and ciphers beginning with the earliest shift ciphers all the way up codebreakef modern public key encryption.

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