If you've ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet, then you have seen cryptography, or "crypto", in action. From Stephen Levythe author who made "hackers" a household wordcomes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the twenty-first century. Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of "crypto rebels"nerds and visionaries turned freedom fightersteamed up with corporate interests to beat Big Brother and ensure our privacy on the Internet. Levy's history of one of the most controversial and important topics of the digital age reads like the best futuristic fiction.
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I read this book several years back, and found it a fascinating history of cryptography, particularly in the modern age. I read it shortly after reading Cryptonomicon for the first time. If you find the subject interesting, you will probably enjoy it. If you don't, you will probably find it dry and dull.more
A an easy and illuminating read about the modern history of cryptography, or more specifically the tale of public key systems. The style is as one might expect of a journalist (highly readable but with a tendency to want to create drama where it isn't entirely necessary) but the material is well-referenced and there's a good index and bibliography. It was a revelation to me that Martin Gardner's SA column, which I vividly remember reading, played such a crucial role in the whole business, and came so early in the process.more
Levy is one of my favorite essayists. He finds a compelling story, researches it exhaustively, and then shares his excitement. The history of Internet cryptography is a perfect subject for Levy, who delights in recounting stories about technoradicals wmore
I wish i'd read this book when i was in high school. Why? because it shows that math can be interesting, fun, and even revolutionary. This book is a brilliant insight into the mathematics, personalities and politics in the debate over a citizen's right to privacy in the digital age.more
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