Decrypted Secrets

Methods and Maxims of Cryptology

Authors: Bauer, Friedrich L.

  • Extensively revised and expanded for the 3rd edition
  • Reviews codes and their uses, covert decryption, and more
  • Requires only basic knowledge of mathmetics
  • Useful to a broad readership
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Cryptology, for millennia a "secret science", is rapidly gaining in practical importance for the protection of communication channels, databases, and software. Beside its role in computerized information systems (public key systems), more and more applications within computer systems and networks are appearing, which also extend to access rights and source file protection.
The first part of this book treats secret codes and their uses - cryptography. The second part deals with the process of covertly decrypting a secret code - cryptanaly-sis - where in particular advice on assessing methods is given. The book presupposes only elementary mathematical knowledge. Spiced with a wealth of exciting, amusing, and sometimes personal stories from the history of cryptology, it will also interest general readers.
"Decrypted Secrets" has become a standard book on cryptology. This 3rd edition has again been revised and extended in many technical and biographical details.
"The best single book on cryptology today" (David Kahn, Cryptologia)
"For those who work actively with cryptology this book is a must. For amateurs it is an important dictionary which in many cases will guide them to make their ciphers more secure." (Arne Fransen, International Intelligence History Study Group)

Reviews

"The best single book on cryptology today." -- Cryptologia (from a review of a previous edition)

From the reviews of the fourth edition:

"This comprehensive updated edition is divided into two sections. The first part of the book deals with The People and the second concentrates on The Machinery. … This volume includes 191 Figures, 29 Tables and 16 Color Plates, plus an Appendix. … Friedrich L. Bauer Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science … has written an outstanding book on cryptology that belongs in your personal library or as a gift for a friend. … There are other fascinating sidelights to this excellent book." (The Cryptogram, Page 15, 2007)

"By far the best single work on the subject." -- David Kahn


Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Introductory Synopsis

    Bauer, Friedrich L.

    Pages 8-24

  • Aims and Methods of Cryptography

    Bauer, Friedrich L.

    Pages 25-41

  • Encryption Steps: Simple Substitution

    Bauer, Friedrich L.

    Pages 42-55

  • Encryption Steps: Polygraphic Substitution and Coding

    Bauer, Friedrich L.

    Pages 56-77

  • Encryption Steps: Linear Substitution

    Bauer, Friedrich L.

    Pages 78-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Decrypted Secrets
Book Subtitle
Methods and Maxims of Cryptology
Authors
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-04736-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-04736-1
Edition Number
3
Number of Pages
XII, 474
Number of Illustrations and Tables
196 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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