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The Code Book by Simon Singh
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it was amazing
bookshelves: mathematics, favorites, non-fiction

This is the second work of Simon Singh that I have read, and in my opinion it is the greater of the two. It explores the art of ciphering codes and encryption which has developed profusely over the centuries, with alot of help from Charles Babbage and the computer.

Singh delves into the story of Mary Queen of Scots and explains in an epic and intersting way about how Mary's life depended upon whether her encrypted messages were deciphered. It goes on to the key role of mathematicians in WWII particulatly the ones based in the England, who successfully decoded messages that the Germans sent to each other and it is said that without mathematicians we would've lost the war!

This is an engaging insight into the history of cryptography and a must read for any puzzle wizzes, mathematicians or historians.
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Reading Progress

March 17, 2011 – Shelved
March 17, 2011 – Shelved as: mathematics
August 25, 2011 – Started Reading
August 26, 2011 –
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September 2, 2011 –
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September 2, 2011 –
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September 3, 2011 –
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September 9, 2011 –
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September 11, 2011 –
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September 14, 2011 –
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September 20, 2011 –
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September 22, 2011 –
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72.77%
September 23, 2011 –
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80.96%
September 26, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
September 26, 2011 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 26, 2011 – Finished Reading

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