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    Default The Code Book - Simon Singh



    Probably the best (and most entertaining and digestible) primer on crypto out there. Singh traces the history of cryptography as cryptography shaped history--each major advancement in crypto methods is tied to a historical event that was affected, if not downright decided, by it. As the historical event is explained, so to is the crypto, so you wind up learning just what you need to learn as the stories progress. It was a very compelling read, much more than I expected.

    The book covers several basic ciphers (including Vigenere) that every armchair treasure hunter should be familiar with.

    The paperback is $10 well spent.

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    Ditto Dan's comments.

    I got mine from the local library.

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    you can download the entire book and various interactive tools at simonsingh.com. It's a huge download - 600 mb. It's not a pirated copy, but the author's own site. The book also had a "cipher challenge" (now solved) that challenges you with various ciphers - even the WWII Enigma.

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