The Story of Codes

Author:   Stephen Pincock ,  Mark Frary
Publisher:   Modern Books
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9781911130895


Pages:   192
Publication Date:   17 October 2019
Format:   Hardback
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From the Bible code to the Voynich manuscript, from subtly altered hieroglyphs carved into ancient Egyptian monuments to clues hidden in Renaissance paintings, we are surrounded by mysterious codes bearing hidden messages from the past. What does it take to write a fail-safe code? What does it take to break one? Taking in the full history of code making, from the scribes of ancient Egypt to modern-day computer programmers, The Story of Codesprovides a fascinating insight into this most secret and mysterious of crafts. It shows just how Julius Caesar obscured the meaning of vital wartime messages using a method of shifting letters and explains the way that Sir Francis Walsingham was able to use coded letter to foil plots against Elizabeth I. It gives an account of the ever-more complicated ciphers that were devised - and cracked - during the Cold War and investigates how codebreaking is being used today to fight crime and terrorism. And it shows you how to decipher codes from all periods of history, including many that are still employed today.

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Author:   Stephen Pincock ,  Mark Frary
Publisher:   Modern Books
Imprint:   Modern Books
Weight:   0.740kg
ISBN:  

9781911130895


ISBN 10:   1911130897
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   17 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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Stephen Pincock is an award-winning science journalist, and an editor at Springer Nature, one of the world's leading scholarly publishers. He has written widely about the history and development of cryptology and technology, and is the author of The Intelligence Equation and the co-author of The Origins of the Universe for Dummies and Discovering Scott Reef. Mark Frary is an award-winning technology and science writer, speaker and author of De/Cipher, Freaky Science and Future Proof. He has a first class degree in astronomy and physics from University College London. He has had a lifelong interest in codes and lives close to the Second World War codebreaking centre of Bletchley Park in Bedfordshire, where he is a regular visitor.

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