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Sep 19, 2023 | ISBN 9781718502727

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Codebreaking: A Practical Guide is quite the best book on codebreaking I have read: clear, engaging, and fun. A must for would-be recruits to GCHQ and the NSA!”
—Sir Dermot Turing, author of Prof, the biography of his uncle, Alan Turing

“Riveting. Dunin and Schmeh show us that we each have our own inner code-breaker yearning to be set free. Codebreaking isn’t just for super-geniuses with supercomputers; it’s something we were all born to do.”
—Mike Godwin, creator of Godwin’s law and former general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation

“This is THE book about codebreaking. Very concise, very inclusive, and easy to read. Good references for those who would make codes, too, like Kryptos.”
—Ed Scheidt, CIA

“A compendium of historical cryptography. Approachable, accessible, this book brings back the joy I felt when I first read about these things as a kid.”
—Phil Zimmermann, creator of PGP encryption and inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame

“One of the most helpful guides outside the NSA to cracking ciphers. But even if you don’t become a codebreaker, this book is full of fascinating crypto lore.”
—Steven Levy, New York Times best-selling author of Crypto, Hackers, and Facebook: The Inside Story

“Another kind of Applied Cryptography.”
—Whitfield Diffie, Turing Laureate and creator of public-key cryptography

“This is the book of my dreams. Super-clear, super-fun guide for solving secret messages of all kinds.”
—Jason Fagone, author of the best-selling book The Woman Who Smashed Codes

“Kool dnoces a htrow era snootrac eht fo ynam.”
—Suomynona Ecila

“A wonderful mix of ciphers, both famous and little-known, solved and unsolved. Beginners will be hooked on exploring the world of secrets in cipher, and those who have already been introduced to the field will find much that is new.”
—Craig Bauer, editor in chief of Cryptologia and author of Unsolved!: The History and Mystery of the World’s Greatest Ciphers

“Cryptography? Ciphers? I thought this would be an easy book to put down. I was very wrong.”
—Steve Meretzky, co-author with Douglas Adams of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy computer game

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1
: How can I break an encrypted message? And other introductory questions
Chapter 2: The Caesar cipher
Chapter 3: Simple substitution ciphers
Chapter 4: Simple substitution ciphers without spaces between words: Patristocrats
Chapter 5: Simple substitution ciphers in non-English languages
Chapter 6: Homophonic ciphers
Chapter 7: Codes and nomenclators
Chapter 8: Polyalphabetic ciphers
Chapter 9: Complete columnar transposition ciphers
Chapter 10: Incomplete columnar transposition ciphers
Chapter 11: Turning grille transposition ciphers
Chapter 12: Digraph substitution
Chapter 13: Abbreviation ciphers
Chapter 14: Dictionary codes and book ciphers
Chapter 15: Additional encryption methods
Chapter 16: Solving ciphers with hill climbing
Chapter 17: What next?
Appendix A: Kryptos
Appendix B: Useful language statistics
Appendix C: Glossary
Appendix D: Morse Code
Appendix E: Figure Sources

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