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Publisher's Summary

This book is a clear and informative introduction to cryptography and data protection - subjects of considerable social and political importance. It explains what algorithms do, how they are used, the risks associated with using them, and why governments should be concerned. Important areas are highlighted, such as Stream Ciphers, block ciphers, public key algorithms, digital signatures, and applications such as e-commerce. This book highlights the explosive impact of cryptography on modern society, with, for example, the evolution of the Internet and the introduction of more sophisticated banking methods.

©2002 Fred Piper and Sean Murphy (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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This is a textbook, written as dryly as most textbooks are. Good for someone interested in a degree in cryptography, but very boring for the casual listener. Quite a bit of the text describes written exercises that don't lend themselves to listening. From now on, I will not take audibles recommendations without researching potential titles on my own.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Fremont, NE, United States
  • 09-08-12

Good, But Not For The Beginner (in spite of title)

First a few thoughts: (1) This is a textbook, and unless you are interested in the subject matter, you will probably not enjoy the book, (2) Don't think about listening to the book without the attached PDF Files - you'll be very lost (3) This is a book that probably needs some amount of review as you move along.

I enjoyed the book, but I do agree it was very dry at times. When I first bought the book, Audible did not have the PDF's available. I tried to listen to it then and was unable to get very far into the book without being lost. I was also probably at an advantage, as I have read books on espionage and was familiar with some basic "encryption" techniques.

After Audible posted the content, I started again, and things made more sense.

I would recommend this book, but ONLY if you have a pretty good working knowledge of computers and are willing to put more time into it that reading an average book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent on ciphers, but not Technology

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes but only to study ciphers, not modern encryption in computers.

What could Fred Piper and Sean Murphy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The speaker is terrific!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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i 2nd its like reading a text book into a micro ..

What would have made Cryptography better?

context , folks like Brain Green or Linda Randall to name but one example show how complex subjects can be shared via audio by using the context to convey the message. this is missing very much, despite the fascinating subject

Would you ever listen to anything by Fred Piper and Sean Murphy again?

never say never ....

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

see above

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

the textbook rattle down equations style

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I would listen to it again.

one chapter was very difficult to follow along I'm sure it would be easier to understand if I read it myself. in order to see the examples that the author was talking about.

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Substantial depth for beginners

Authors assume the reader knows nothing at the beginning, but when you finish you have substantial knowledge of the subject. I found it to be just the right amount of math and practical knowledge.

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  • Alev Haddadieh
  • 12-30-15

Plain and simple to understand

This book has a plain and simple language to explain most difficult topics of the cryptography. Examples given in the book is sufficient to build up on the topic.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful