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The Code Book by Simon Singh
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Aug 07, 14

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Read from March 23 to 29, 2012

One of the most intriguing and interesting books I've read in a very long time. This was actually a required textbooks for a friend's college course, and I borrowed it after he was done with the class. I literally read it in five days. Me, having studied linguistics, absolutely loved everything this had to offer. From the story of Mary Queen of Scots to cracking the German Enigma cipher to encryption in the digital age, there was simply so much to learn that I couldn't put it down.

This book was written in 1999, back when the digital age was picking up enormous speed. I can only imagine what changes in codes and encryption have happened since then, and hope that Singh would come out with an updated version of this book sometime in the future.

Must read for puzzle and language and math lovers.

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