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Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction

Fred Piper and Sean Murphy

30 May 2002

ISBN: 9780192803153

160 pages

In Stock

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



A clear and informative introduction to the science of codebreaking, explaining what algorithms do, how they are used, the risks associated with using them, and why governments should be concerned.

  • The authors are both experts in the theory and practice of codes and their decipherment
  • Written in a fluid and lively style to appeal to the non-mathematical reader
  • Covers issues such as data protection, and applications of cryptography in modern technology
  • Takes the reader through the actual processes of developing codes and deciphering them

About the Author(s)

Fred Piper, Director of the Information Security Group and Professor of Mathematics, Royal Holloway University of London, and Sean Murphy, Reader in Mathematics, Royal Holloway University of London


a perfect pocket primer for anybody interested in cryptography. - Simon Singh