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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Age Range: 10 years and up
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (7 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048620247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486202471
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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This is an excellent beginners' book. It has clear demonstrations of early cryptograhpic methods and how they are solved. Each method is accompanied with a set of problems which are well designed to give beginners some decryption skills.
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Not a bad book per se - but be warned it is an unaltered reprint of a 1943 edition! - Thus there is nothing about modern codes and computing. I think it is an obsolete curiosity today and rate it accordingly.
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Well written and easy to understand, especially for a newby to cryptography such as myself. The exercise section at the back is nicely arranged to lead the reader through the different levels of difficulty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction 30 July 2013
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This book is a good introduction to what may be called pencil and paper ciphers; you don't need computers and expensive equipment to use them. The tongue-in-cheek style of the writer was also appreciated. This volume is updated to 1955 (it was originally published in 1943, when I would think a certain amount of censorship would have applied), so items like one-time-pads are not contained; the ciphers are transpositional or substitutional. Very clearly explained how each is done with the weaknesses of these ciphers. Recommended reading for those who like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to Cryptography 20 Jan. 2007
By Larry Laffer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a fantastic introduction to the art and science of Cryptography. It shows you in detail various ciphers used throughout history, and how to decipher them. Then it has a problem solving section that starts small and builds until you are trying to solve incredibly complex problems. It truly challenges and expands the mind. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning cryptography.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to the field 18 Aug. 2013
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Even though this was first written in 1945, it is a classic introduction to the field. Whether one is starting out on a career in the field or one is simply looking to pass time with cryptic puzzles, this is a valuable tool. The exercises help the student progress through various difficulty levels
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic work on cryptography 6 April 2014
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Most of the stuff in here has been long ago rendered obsolete, but it's still a good primer on the historical aspects of the science. I'd give it another star but the binding is kind of cheap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very awesome read 27 Dec. 2012
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I purchased this book for a fun read to get to know a little more on how cryptography works and i am really enjoying this book.
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