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Cryptography is now ubiquitous - moving beyond the traditional environments, such as government communications and banking systems, we see cryptographic techniques realized in Web browsers, e-mail programs, cell phones, manufacturing systems, embedded software, smart buildings, cars, and even medical implants. Today's designers need a comprehensive understanding of applied ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published October 19th 2011 by Springer (first published December 10th 2009)
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Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Αρκετά από τα κεφάλαια τα γνώριζα ήδη, για αυτό η ανάγνωσή μου ήταν επιλεκτική και κυρίως αφορούσε τα σημεία που ήθελα φρεσκάρω. Παρόλα αυτά δεν δυσκολεύομαι να πω πως το βιβλίο έχει καταπληκτική δομή, απλή γλώσσα και αποφεύγει τα πολλά μαθηματικά, όπως ακριβώς θα έπρεπε να είναι ένα εισαγωγικό βιβλίο κρυπτογραφίας.

Σίγουρα θα το επισκεπτώ ξανά όταν χρειαστεί να θυμηθώ κάποιο συγκεκριμένο κεφάλαιο και το προτείνω ανεπιφύλακτα σε όποιον ξεκινάει την ενασχόληση του με την κρυπ
Areej M.
Apr 22, 2016 marked it as want-to-read-speciality
you can watch a lecture of Prof. paar based on this book on you tube : introduction to cryptography (24 lecture / 1.30 h)
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: computing
I used this as a companion to the author's 2-semester lecture series, which is freely available on YouTube or on the book's own website: I found it very useful for brushing up on some topics in some more detail after watching the lectures. In general this is a very practical introduction to the topic of cryptography that doesn't shy away from the maths but also does not require any prior knowledge of any of the advanced mathematical topics. ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a awesome book for learning cryptography I highly recommend this book to everyone that wants to start learning cryptography and L also recommend to watch prof. Christof Paar's course in youtube based on this book.
Scott Johnson
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I was much better prepared to read this the second time, not only in terms of understanding some prerequisite CS concepts, but just being in a better place mentally to tackle this. Last time my eyes glazed over and I just skimmed for the larger concepts.

I have a much more thorough understanding of modern algorithms, their strengths and weaknesses, and the theory behind things like asymmetric/public key encryption.

This doesn't assume you already know everything going in, but it also doesn
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The only book on the subject I actually read, from cover to cover. Parts of it were tough sledding, especially the stuff about Galois Fields (aka Finite Fields). Galois was an interesting, but profoundly tragic guy. He certainly didn't live long. His work didn't gain prominence or recognition til the 20th century. There is a book on his life, but I already know how it ends. There it was... the familiar twang of irony.
Ro Givens
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a good foundation for my cryptography class, although a few points about ciphers used are now a bit out of date. Some of the math is a little advanced for undergraduate computer science students, but general ideas can be gleaned about ciphers requiring Galois theory or elliptic curves, for instance, without formally covering those topics. Overall I enjoyed reading and using this book for my class.
Karima Hussein
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, cs-programming
I read this book for a subject in my last semester this year
the professor's lectures are amazing.
I really enjoyed the subject -which was surprising-
Alan Chan
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Cryptography looks harder than it actually is.
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Clear and concise. To the point. Beautifully structured. Helped me tremendously with my cryptography course in uni.
Amelia Treader
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book from my alternative reality (i.e. what I do to eat) has sneaked in. One of the better expositions, though not quite as broad-based as it could be. Thorough, correct and comprehensible. It's hard to expect much more from a book.
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting introduction, with a good balance between mathematical aspects and practical protocols.
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Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book. Watched videos of his class too. Videos definitely helped with understanding the math and processes. His lectures are on youtube.
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