The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking (Paperback)
  • The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking (Paperback)

The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-Breaking (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 06/07/2000
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The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography

From the best-selling author of Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book is a history of man's urge to uncover the secrets of codes, from Egyptian puzzles to modern day computer encryptions.

As in Fermat's Last Theorem, Simon Singh brings life to an anstonishing story of puzzles, codes, languages and riddles that reveals man's continual pursuit to disguise and uncover, and to work out the secret languages of others.

Codes have influenced events throughout history, both in the stories of those who make them and those who break them. The betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots and the cracking of the enigma code that helped the Allies in World War II are major episodes in a continuing history of cryptography. In addition to stories of intrigue and warfare, Simon Singh also investigates other codes, the unravelling of genes and the rediscovery of ancient languages and most tantalisingly, the Beale ciphers, an unbroken code that could hold the key to a $20 million treasure.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9781857028898
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


'A fascinating meander through the centuries; replete with tales of intrigue, political chicanery, military secrecy and academic rivalry.'
The Times

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The book is amazing it gives you all the background that you need to know and techies you really good codes, it was quite sad that once I opened it after ordering off the internet it had all black marks inside but I... More

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