Decrypted Secrets

Methods and Maxims of Cryptology

  • Friedrich L. Bauer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Cryptography—The People

  3. Cryptanalysis—The Machinery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-236
    2. Pages 320-329
    3. Pages 330-349

About this book


Cryptology, for millennia a "secret science", is rapidly gaining in practical importance for the protection of communication channels, databases, and software. Beside its role in computerized information systems (public key systems), more and more applications within computer systems and networks are appearing, which also extend to access rights and source file protection.
The first part of this book treats secret codes and their uses - cryptography. The second part deals with the process of covertly decrypting a secret code - cryptanaly-sis - where in particular advice on assessing methods is given. The book presupposes only elementary mathematical knowledge. Spiced with a wealth of exciting, amusing, and sometimes personal stories from the history of cryptology, it will also interest general readers.
"Decrypted Secrets" has become a standard book on cryptology. This 3rd edition has again been revised and extended in many technical and biographical details.
"The best single book on cryptology today" (David Kahn, Cryptologia)
"For those who work actively with cryptology this book is a must. For amateurs it is an important dictionary which in many cases will guide them to make their ciphers more secure." (Arne Fransen, International Intelligence History Study Group)


Code Cryptography Information Kryptanalyse Kryptographie Kryptosysteme calculus communication complexity cryptanalysis cryptoanalysis cryptosystems databases public keys security

Authors and affiliations

  • Friedrich L. Bauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceMunich Institute of TechnologyGarchingGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-24502-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-48121-8
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