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Re: Re (tilly) 1: CipherTextI

by merlyn (Sage)
on Jul 17, 2001 at 21:19 UTC ( #97372=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re (tilly) 1: CipherTextI
in thread CipherTextI

I'm about 3/4ths of the way through The Code Book, and I'm even more amazed at how interesting the task of cryptohacking is, and how much easier it is for the experts to break things than I had ever imagined. Sure, some of it is brilliant strokes, and some of it is dumb luck, but the account of snapping the Enigma machines is a definite page-turner.

The CiperTextI looks like the stuff these guys solve as entrance exams in first year crypto. {grin}

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker


Comment on Re: Re (tilly) 1: CipherTextI
Re: Cryptographic Stories
by Hofmator (Curate) on Jul 17, 2001 at 21:40 UTC

    For all interested people I thought I'd add The Codebreakers by David Kahn, the first 'popular-scientific' work in that field (originally from 1967 iirc). I don't know how much overlap there is between this book and The Code Book mentioned by merlyn. But it's a good read - that's what I meant by popular-scientific ;)

    -- Hofmator

Re: Re: Re (tilly) 1: CipherTextI
by lzcd (Pilgrim) on Feb 25, 2002 at 02:40 UTC
    To get the facts, the Code book was a facinating read (particularly for its nice links back to historic events).

    To wet the tastebuds (and pass the hours quite nicely) I've always enjoyed Cryptonomicon by N.S. Its link to reality is a little cloudy at times but it certainly fires up the imagination.

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