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I spent the weekend reading The Code Book by Simon Singh. I found it incredibly interesting. It's a great overview of cryptography in general. But it also goes into enough detail that you can actually do the cryptography that he describes. Everything from the caesar shift to RSA and Diffie-Hellman-Merkle key exchange. I think that I might sit down one night here and code up a simple program that does RSA. At it's heart it's actually quite simple. Frighteningly so in fact.

So, I need another book to read. I'd like to keep on the track of crypto but another subject wouldn't be bad if it kept my brain working.

Any suggestions?


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Mar. 15th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
well.. would u mind of Umberto Eco? :)
Mar. 15th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Interesting, I'll have a look at some of his books.
Mar. 17th, 2005 07:50 am (UTC)
Love in the time of Cholera by Marquez, but you either love it or hate it.
Pilgrim by Timothy Findley: very intriguing, I loved it.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Pirsig: a novel with a touch of philosophy (actually a lot of philosphy)

Three very good books :-)
Mar. 17th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
> Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

I've been interested in this one for a while just because of the name. Now that I have my own bike, I feel that it could be doubly useful :)

I'll have a look at the other two as well.
Mar. 17th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC)
I think that if you have a bike it probably adds something extra, and at least you understand the technical stuff. But he only sort of uses it to explain his philosophy. But definitely worth reading! Enjoy!
Mar. 17th, 2005 12:03 pm (UTC)
Hey, this is Kat from cookiesforlj. Are you at the SF office, and if so, what are your favourite kinds of cookies?
Mar. 17th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
lisa and I both live and work in Seattle which is where the servers are. As for my favorite kind of cookie I'm hard pressed to find a cookie that I don't like. :D
Mar. 17th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
another book to read
how a/b 'what is mathematics, really?' by reuben hersh or 'the history of western philosophy' by b. russell?

or fiction-wise, 'foucault's pendulum' by umberto eco

or ernesto sabato's trilogy: 'the tunnel,' 'of heroes and tombs,' 'the angel of darkness.' but i think they're out of print. you can find them used though. excellent read. if you like borges meets kafka interbred w/ camus, that's the ticket.
Mar. 17th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
Geeks are hot....
A History of Zero

:) tis amazing -Katrine

o_O and its not nice to make a nice girl get 'sick' on people whouse you as a dictonary :P lol
Mar. 17th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
if you're still into the crypto kick..
i'd suggest neal stephenson's cryptonomicon.
for another nerdy type, there's absolutely anything by bruce schneier (think beyond fear and secrets and lies.
some other really good lit, if you're into it and haven't read them yet:
the screwtape letters
narcissus and goldmund

hope you find something good. ::tips hat::
Mar. 17th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
I've read cryptonomicon. I was actually thinking about going back and reading it again. I was definitely going to have a look at Shneier. I might pick up Practical Cryptography and see how far I can get into it before my head explodes :)

I'll have a look at the others too. I've got a great list going here.
Mar. 18th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
If you're up for a new subject...

Broca's Brain by Carl Sagan is very interesting. Covers all sorts of stuff from neuroscience to philosophy to cosmology. Fascinating read--I must say that it was more enjoyable than swimming last time I was in Florida.
Mar. 18th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
I'm still reading that.

Not in the same category but John Barrow's The Book of Nothing is really good.
Mar. 19th, 2005 05:14 pm (UTC)
Привет!! Спорим, ты ничего не поймешь, что я тут написала?!! Вот и я так же ничерта не понимаю, что ты там написал в новостях!! Товарищ, учите русский!! xxx
Mar. 19th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
Я понимаю Вас с помощью автоматического перевода.

То, что я сказал в новостях, было то, что я собирался делать некоторую работу над двумя из пользовательских групп.
Mar. 20th, 2005 08:42 am (UTC)
Здорово! Надеюсь, ты не обиделся на мои слова?)но мне кажется, что даже самый хороший переводчик не в состоянии передать смысл полностью!.. А ты никогда не был в России??=)
Mar. 20th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
Я не обижался.:) Машинный перевод обычно довольно плох, но я нашел тот, который, кажется, работает изрядно. http://translation2.paralink.com/, Как это делает для того, чтобы перевести английский язык на русского?

Я никогда не был к России, но я думаю, что я хотел бы пойти. Я провел время в Хорватии и могу даже говорить часть того языка. Я слышу, что Русские говорят, и я могу даже понять немногое из этого, но я никогда не узнавал Кириллические характеры.
Mar. 20th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
It translates from Russian on English as ridiculously, how from English on Russian? =)
Mar. 21st, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
довольно ужасный, но вообще понятный :)
Mar. 21st, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
I thought so! =) I have never had a foreign friend... Perhaps, you will agree to become my friend ?? =)
Mar. 24th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
звучит хорошим ко мне:)
Mar. 23rd, 2005 10:48 am (UTC)
It was very funny to see russian text here...
Learn Great and Mighty, friends...
Mar. 30th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
if you haven't read cryptonomicon you must.
Mar. 30th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
I did a while back, but I think that I might have to read it again. I think that I would get more out of the crypto stuff this time.
Mar. 30th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)
But it also goes into enough detail that you can actually do the cryptography that he describes.

SO true. first thing i did after reading that book was code a program to mimic an enigma machine :-P

... how 'bout Singh's book Fermat's Last Theorem? not quite as good as the code book, but still fun. there's also The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers, though you really have to be a bit of a math geek to enjoy that one.

Mar. 31st, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
a tip
Have you read "Digital Fortress"? I think that this is not a book about cryptography after all but a thriller, but I recommend it because the "action" happens in Seville, my city. Ah, the author is Dan Brown . Good work and sorry for my orthography.
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