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Code Breaking:

Rudolf Kippenhahn

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-919-3
Trim Size: 6x9

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Translated from the German by Edward Osers

A breezy survey of codes, ranging from the betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots . . . to the nature of credit card security. The New York Times

The achievements of cryptography the art of writing and deciphering coded messages have become a part of everyday life, especially in our age of electronic banking and the Internet. In this provocative work, Rudolf Kippenhahn offers readers both an exciting chronicle of cryptography and a lively exploration of the cryptographer s craft. Rich with vivid anecdotes from a history of coding and decoding, Code Breaking brings the often abstruse art of deciphering coded messages to the general reader and reveals the relevance of codes to our everyday high-tech society. A stylishly written, meticulously researched adventure, it will enthrall everyone who wants to know more about the ways in which communication can be obscured and, like magic, made clear again.

A Selection of Doubleday s Library of Science Book Club
A Choice Academic Book of the Year

Interesting and hugely informative reading . . . [Kippenhahn] is a cryptology master. Scientific American

The definitive look at the subject. Booklist

This fascinating history of cryptology offers many remarkable stories. The Christian Science Monitor

Fascinating, clever, and informative . . . A thoroughly satisfying book! Choice

Rudolf Kippenhahn is the award-winning author of One Hundred Billion Suns and the former director of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Munich. For ten years he was a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of G ttingen.

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