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Cryptological Mathematics (Mathematical Association of America Textbooks) Paperback – 7 Dec 2000

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  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: The Mathematical Association of America (7 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883857197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883857199
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,432,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An elementary introduction to the mathematics involved in cryptology, the science of reading and writing secret messages. The book has an engaging style, and all concepts used are carefully explained. It will be suitable for all students interested in cryptology and those looking for practical applications of seemingly abstract mathematics.

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This ought to be a nice read for any one interested in cryptography, who already possesses a certain amount of mathematical training. An ideal undergraduate introductory text with an emphasis on teaching the math concepts from the ground up.
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This book takes a (very) basic mathematical approach to cryptology.
Lewand manages to somehow trick you into learning it, by using history, humor and intriguing examples.
The famous Alice and Bob are used though out the books examples, also featuring Mallory as the evil evesdropper.
There are also questions after each chapter, although there are only solutions to the even-numbered questions!? go figure, this takes one star off the total.
the book is an easy read, teaching you everything you need along the way (albeit somewhat simlpified).
I definitively got my moneys worth, I would recomend this book to anyone with even a slight interest in cryptology.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 5 Mar. 2002
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I *loved* this book.
It covers the essential number theory required to understand various encryption schemes, and while it is a thin book, it doesn't omit any steps between various mathematical steps (" ... and then magic happens ..."). You end up with the satisfying feeling of being able to derive the proof for RSA, starting from high-school math.

Highly recommended.
17 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well done 23 Feb. 2003
By newton fisher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As I do not work for M.I.6, the N.S.A. or some other `Secret Service' a computer program as Wolfram's ` Mathematical Explorer' [at Amazon for $75, or so] which can encrypt a message by R.S.A [heavy duty crypto] is `really' all I need.
I have a number of books on all kinds of cryptography ... `classical' crypto, `Codes' [different from cyphers], number theory and so on.
While there are `better' books on specific parts of cryptology this book is by far the best overall introduction.
The title of this book scared me a bit. I have never been that `comfortable' with some sorts of maths and this book `sounded' brutal, and while it is a `math' book it is really not impossible to `figure out' [although some spots I must have read twenty times but thats the topic].
`REQUIRED BACKGROUND'
You can `do' with less but it helps to know basic algebra and understand variables. The vocabulary and nomenclature of areas as Set Theory and Probability [which I had to `study up' on] would be `nice' but you can `slide' without them,
Reading level: age 14 through senility :-) [ but a challenge for those `dead and encrypted'.
`Classical', pen and paper, cryptology: B+
Clear Writing: A-
The `History' of cryptology: C+
Physical [binding and paper, type, type size ... ] B
Also covered in detail is "public key' cryptography which as I wrote I do by `pre - written' computer program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Sept. 2014
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Good bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cryptological Mathematics 15 Feb. 2009
By Drew D. Ash - Published on Amazon.com
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Book was in excellent condition, and arrived just a matter of days after I placed my order. I would definite suggest and will order from them again.
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