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  • Hardcover: 810 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (16 Oct. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8189836129
  • ISBN-13: 978-8189836122
  • ASIN: 0849385237
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"very well suited for the reader who wants an encyclopedic description of the state of the art of applied modern cryptography." -Mathematical Reviews, Issue 99g "[This book] is an incredible achievement. [T]he handbook is complete. If I want to check what problems there were with a proposed system, determine how the variations on a particular algorithm developed, see what research preceded and followed an idea, I go to the Handbook. The Handbook has accurate, clear, and correct information. It is wonderful. If I were limited to only one cryptography text on my shelves, it would be the Handbook of Applied Cryptography." - Bulletin of the AMS

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Optimistix on 24 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you're going to work in the area of Cryptography, you can't afford
to neglect this book.
We used this in a course, and even though it's a handbook, it doubles up
pretty well as a textbook, since it has all the underlying mathematical
theory, presented in a clear and concise manner.
For sheer breadth and depth of coverage, this book is unmatched in the
field. It may not have enough on some topics to satisfy everyone, but
then i suspect most such topics were not so prominent in 1996, which
is when the book was written.
Starting with number theory, it goes on cover pseudorandom bits and
sequences, stream and block ciphers, hash functions, and digital signatures,
establishment protocols, implementation, patents and standards - you name
it, you got it.
On the one hand, there's enough theory to make you wonder whether it
should be called 'applied', but then it indeed qualifies as implementations
are discussed as well.
And of course, there's an exhaustive bibliography, with more pointers to
the literature than one could possibly follow up.
One word of caution, though : it requires hard work. If you want a more
'relaxed' coverage of comparable breadth (but not depth), you can do
worse than look up Bruce Schneier's 'Applied Crypography', which is a
delightful read, but nowhere as rigorous (read academic) as this one.
All in all, this is an indispensable reference for those in the field -
rigorous and exhaustive, yet eminently readable.
If you still haven't made your mind up, here's one final piece of advice :
visit the authors'(rather the book's) website, where you'll get the
implementations of all the algorithms in the book, and a (presumably)
pleasant surprise :-)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Oct. 1998
Format: Hardcover
It is an excellent book. Almost everything you want to know about cryptography in one huge book (with many pages and small letters). No need for a second one. Algorithms, uses, known attacks, everything there. It also includes very detailed and up to date references about any subject it coves (for those who need to know more).
It is a MUST for everyone who needs to know about cryptography and how cryptography serves Information Security. Not for those who need just an introductory book.
Downsides: Quite expensive. It needs a lot of time and patient to read it. It requires adequate mathematical background.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Menezes et. al. provide a thorough review of the field of cryptography. It's the first book I grab when I'm looking for something. Much more in depth than Bruce Scheier's "Applied Cryptography"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Sept. 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The printing quality of this book is horrible.

Font is very low resolution and the colour is greyish, not black. It is readable, but looks horrible.
Every other page suffers from light grey blemish underneath the text and images.

Overall, the whole book looks like it's been scanned from the original source.

I'm thinking of returning this item. I know there exists a good quality print, as I've seen one in a library.
Perhaps there's one in Amazon, but this is not it.
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