Synopses & Reviews
In today's increasingly wired world, cryptology plays a vital role in protecting communications channels, databases, and systems from unwanted intruders. This third edition of a classic reference work on cryptology now contains many new technical and biographical details. The first part discusses secret codes and their uses -- cryptography. The second part deals with the process of covertly decrypting a secret code -- cryptanalysis, where particular advice on assessing methods is given. The book presupposes only elementary mathematical knowledge. Spiced with a wealth of exciting, amusing, and sometimes personal stories from the history of cryptology, it will also interest general readers.
Written by an internationally renowned authority and pioneer in cryptology and computing, this revised edition brings readers the very latest in the field as well as an anecdotal history of cryptology. The first part discusses the essentials of secret codes and the second part delves into the process of covertly decrypting a secret code. 182 illus.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -450) and index.