The code book the science of secrecy from ancient egypt to quantum cryptography simon singh on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers in his first book since the bestselling fermats enigma simon singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption. When i wrote my first book fermats last theorem i made a passing reference to the mathematics of cryptography although i did not know it at the time this was the start of a major interest in the history and science of codes and code breaking which has resulted in a 400 page book on the subject an adaptation of the book for teenagers a 5 part tv series numerous talks and lectures . The code book the science of secrecy from ancient egypt to quantum cryptography is a book by simon singh published in new york in 1999 by doubleday the code book describes some illustrative highlights in the history of cryptography drawn from both of its principal branches codes and ciphers. In his first book since the bestselling fermats 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 . Amongst many extraordinary examples simon singh relates in detail the story of mary queen of scots trapped by her own code and put to death by elizabeth i the strange history of the beale ciphers describing the hidden location of a fortune in gold buried somewhere in virginia in the nineteenth century and still not found the monumental
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