Cryptological Mathematics (Mathematical Association of America Textbooks) Paperback – 7 Dec 2000
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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].
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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