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The Mathematics of Secrets: Cryptography from Caesar Ciphers to Digital Encryption
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Joshua Holden
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The Mathematics of Secrets: Cryptography from Caesar Ciphers to Digital Encryption

Joshua Holden


9780691183312

Princeton University Pres


Coding theory & cryptology;
Mathematics & Sciences;
History of mathematics;
Data encryption


Paperback

392 pages

$44.99
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The Mathematics of Secrets takes readers on a fascinating tour of the mathematics behind cryptography--the science of sending secret messages. Using a wide range of historical anecdotes and real-world examples, Joshua Holden shows how mathematical principles underpin the ways that different codes and ciphers work. He focuses on both code making and code breaking and discusses most of the ancient and modern ciphers that are currently known. He begins by looking at substitution ciphers, and then discusses how to introduce flexibility and additional notation. Holden goes on to explore polyalphabetic substitution ciphers, transposition ciphers, connections between ciphers and computer encryption, stream ciphers, public-key ciphers, and ciphers involving exponentiation. He concludes by looking at the future of ciphers and where cryptography might be headed. The Mathematics of Secrets reveals the mathematics working stealthily in the science of coded messages.

A blog describing new developments and historical discoveries in cryptography related to the material in this book is accessible at http: //press.princeton.edu/titles/10826.html.

By:   Joshua Holden
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 155mm, 
ISBN:   9780691183312
ISBN 10:   0691183317
Pages:   392
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Joshua Holden is professor of mathematics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


This is a fascinating tour of the mathematics behind cryptography, showing how its principles underpin the ways that different codes and ciphers operate. . . . While it's all about maths, the book is accessible--basic high school algebra is all that's needed to understand and enjoy it. --Cosmos Magazine The best book I have seen on this subject. --Phil Dyke, Leonardo Reviews Complete in surveying cryptography. . . . This is a marvelous way of illustrating the use of simple mathematics in an important application that has triggered the wit of the designers and the ingenuity of the attackers since antiquity. --Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society In The Mathematics of Secrets, Joshua Holden takes the reader on a chronological journey from Julius Caesar's substitution cipher to modern day public-key algorithms and beyond. . . . Written for anyone with an interest in cryptography. --Noel-Ann Bradshaw, Times Higher Education

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