The Science of Secrecy: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking

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A TV tie-in edition of "The Code Book" filmed as a prime-time five-part Channel 4 series on the history of codes and code-breaking and presented by the author. This book, which accompanies the major Channel 4 series, brings to life the hidden history of codes and code breaking. Since the birth of writing, there has also been the need for secrecy. The story of codes is the story of the brilliant men and women who used mathematics, linguistics, machines, computers, gut instinct, logic and detective work to encrypt and break these secrect messages and the effect their work has had on history. In each episode of "The Science of Secrecy" Simon Singh tells us a fascinating story from the history of codes: how the course of Crimean War was changed by the cracking of "unbreakable" Vigenere code; how the well-timed cracking of a single encoded telegram altered the course of World War I or how the mysteries of the Rosetta stone were revealed. The programme, and book, also investigates present day concerns about privacy on the internet and public key cryptography and looks to the future and the possibilities that quantum computing will radically change the science of secrecy in the 21st century.

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Simon Singh is a science journalist and TV producer. Having completed his PhD at Cambridge he worked from 1991 to 1997 at the BBC producing Tomorrow's World and co-directing the BAFTA award-winning documentary Fermat's Last Theorem for the Horizon series. In 1997, he published Fermat's Last Theorem, which was a no 1 best-seller in Britain and translated into 22 languages. In 1999, he published The Code Book.

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Singh is holder of a Cambridge PhD in physics, former BBC TV producer of Tomorrow's World and author of Fermat's Last Theorem, a 1997 bestseller and BAFTA documentary award winner for the accompanying programme he co-directed in the Horizon series. He has achieved another intriguing, brain-exercising work that has already won considerable success in its first form as The Codebook. This version is a tie-in with the Channel 4 series which Singh will present in five parts relating to the book during November and December. Among the accounts are how the Crimean War's course was changed by the cracking of the "unbreakable" Vigenere cipher, deciphering the code behind the doomed Babington Plot to free Mary, Queen of Scots, the solving of the Zimmermann telegram that altered the outcome of the First World War, and reading the ancient hieroglyphics which revealed the language of the Egyptians. Singh also looks at contemporary challenges and problems concerning Internet security and the invention of public key encryption in a fascinating book that should emulate the success of Fermat's Last Theorem.

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