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The Code Book by Simon Singh
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May 09, 12

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Really enjoyed reading this. It provided a good history of of cryptography and cryptanalysis. My favorite part was the discussion of the work to crack the enigma code. Imagine that the ability to read or not read Nazi communiques literally meant the difference between life and death to members of your family, community and nation. Imagine that your activities in this intellectual pursuit of decryption made you a target of Nazi Germany. It's not just a puzzle you are solving, but life and death is in the balance. On another front, imagine that you had broken the enigma code and were responsible for saving countless lives, only to be imprisoned for a homosexual act with no one knowing your role in the war? In the end this book, brought a very human element to what might seem such a cerebral activity.
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