RE: Cryptography

Subject: RE: Cryptography
From: "Paul Neshamkin" <pauln -at- helpauthors -dot- com>
To: "'Technical Writing Plus'" <doc-x -at- earthlink -dot- net>, "'John Garison'" <john -at- garisons -dot- com>, "'Donald H White'" <dwhite -at- jrtcllc -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 08:25:57 -0400

I recommend the Code Breakers by David Kahn. Although a little dated, it's a
good read.


Regards,

Paul Neshamkin
pauln -at- helpauthors -dot- com

MS Help MVP
ComponentOne Doc-To-Help Certified Trainer and MVP

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Subject: RE: Cryptography

It sounds like it is a good read. Yet, the book is not without its
detractors.

This Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Code_Book) is
interesting and links to a March 2000 American Mathematical Association
review by Jim Reeds -- the detailed 4 page review mentions some other books
on cryptography (http://www.dtc.umn.edu/~reedsj/singh.pdf).

BTW Wikipedia has a list of books on the topic, but this list is not very
long (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Cryptography_books).

I think that I might try getting my hands on The Code Book, because it
sounds interesting, to be sure, but thanks to Jim Reeds' detailed critique,
I will be inhaling the facts that Singh presents with a grain of salt.

Jim Jones chineseadjuster.webs.com


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Subject: Re: Cryptography


Sorry to chime in again so late in the game, but I just found the book I was
looking for.

If you are interested in cryptography, get a copy of Simon Singh's "The Code
Book" which covers cryptography from Roman times (tattoos on someone's head
later hidden by hair) to quantum computers. It has exercises you can do,
too. Well written and understandable.

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Re: Cryptography: From: John Garison
RE: Cryptography: From: Technical Writing Plus

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