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The Code Book for Young People: How to Make It, Break It, Hack It, Crack It Hardcover – Mar 2002


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385729138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385729130
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Singh is a science journalist and TV producer. Having completed his PhD at Cambridge he worked from 1991 to 1997 at the BBC producing Tomorrow's World and co-directing the BAFTA award-winning documentary Fermat's Last Theorem for the Horizon series. He is the author of Fermat's Last Theorem, which was a no 1 bestseller in Britain and translated into 22 languages. In 1999, he wrote The Code Book which was also an international bestseller and the basis for the Channel 4 series The Science of Secrecy.

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The Code Book
‘…fascinating … replete with tales of intrigue, political chicanery, military secrecy and academic rivalry.’ The Irish Times

‘A Great Book.’ Observer

Fermat’s Last Theorem
‘If you enjoyed Dava Sobel’s Longitude you will enjoy this.’ Evening Standard

‘Far from being a dry textbook it reads like the chronicle of an obsessive love affair. It has the classic ingredients that Hollywood would recognise.’ Daily Mail

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How to make it, break it, hack it, crack it

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "ipchuk" on 29 April 2005
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It is amazing just how much history one can learn from this book. It features a large quantity of information concerning the Enigma cipher, including the way it works and how it can be broken. From this book, a person can realise just what an essential role codes and ciphers play in history and how unpopular were the codemakers and their opponents, the codebreakers.
Overall, it is extremely informative and helpful in case you are interested in codes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terry D TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2012
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'The Cracking Codebook' is, chapter by chapter, virtually indistinguishable from Simon Singh's other, and excellently informative, The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking. As far as I can see the main difference is that 'The Code Book' contains additional - and extremely interesting - information on quantum computing and quantum cryptography. See my review on Amazon.

Fortunately my copy of 'The Cracking Codebook' was second-hand and cost me £0.01 plus the postage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EmmaM2006 on 14 Sept. 2010
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I have a mathematical background, but I don't habitually read maths books "for fun"! However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and couldn't put it down. I also enjoyed deciphering some of the simpler messages in the appendix - this exercise should appeal to anyone who likes word or number puzzles. I will definitely be buying more of Simon Singh's books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary Law on 2 July 2003
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The Code Book: How to Make It, Break It, Hack It, or Crack It
Excellent,Marvolous, Fantastic!
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If your keen on learning about cryptograhy which now-a-days is in high demand for big buisnesses such as atkins global, and many software companys, then get this book! It is a great read, packed with lots of very usefull information layed out with excellent precision whilst still holding the charicteristics of an easily readable book. Being able to pick up a book and read it is one thing, being able to pick up a book, be pulled in to its pages whilst you read it and then be able to show how much you have understood and learnt by putting your new skills into practise is another! Whether you are looking forward at a career in cryptography or you just want to stock up the knowledge, this is your best bet!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dharma Rai on 29 Jun. 2006
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This is definitely a must read book. Simon walks the reader through the universe of crytography and maths as your mum would explain it to you! Being in the field of communications I could readily appreciate the link but it also impressed my friend who is in the field of accounting! So for one second just take a dive at being a student again and let Simon guide you through!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Javier Espinosa Ruiz on 17 Mar. 2010
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Very good book to read about cryptology in Second World War (Europe, not Pacific). It is focus in the Enigma cipher and how it was broken. The good thing about it, it talks about the Polish contribution and not only about the British final unscramble of the cipher. Enjoyable.
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By me on 1 Feb. 2014
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bought to help me do my final year project. has been a good read and will be reading again in the future!
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