Cryptography related items
The chapter of
my course notes devoted to doing cryptography in maple.
Some notes on
cryptography written by
Charles Blair of the University of Illinois (also available as
Postscript or LaTex).
Learning About Cryptography,
by Terry Ritter
of Ritter Software Engineering. He also provides a good list of
books. Some I particularly like are
A Course in Number Theory and Cryptography (Graduate Texts in
Mathematics, No 114) by Neal I. Koblitz.
(Hardcover, 235 pages, Springer Verlag, 1994)
The Codebreakers; The Comprehensive History of Secret
Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet,
by David Kahn.
(Hardcover, 1181 pages, 1996, basically a reprint of the 1967
Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in
C, 2nd edition,
by Bruce Schneier.
(Paper, 784 pages, John Wiley & Sons, 1995)
Handbook of Applied Cryptography,
by Alfred Menezes, Paul van Oorschot, and Scott Vanstone
(816 pages, CRC press, 1996). You can read chapters from this
PostScript or PDF format.
Cryptography FAQ has all sorts of good stuff in it. RSA Labs has
a reasonable, if somewhat self-serving, list of
Questions about Cryptography, as well.
John Savard has put together a
Cryptographic Compendium, which discusses of a number of cryptographic
systems. He also has a
collection of cryptography links.
There are a large number of links to cryptography related sites on the
Archive. Also, the InternationalCryptography
Pages has both links and brief descriptions of currently used
- Another good page with a lot of
cryptography and network security information is provided by
- Information about steganography and
watermarking can be found at
- The May 2002 issue of Discover magazine
has an article on Quantum
Cryptography, which is just on the horizon of usability.
A look at
Cryptology in the 16th and 17th Centuries by Thomas Penn Leary,
is an interesting read.
Oddly, the page says that the article is from volume XX number 3 (July
(a quarterly journal devoted to Cryptology), but the online pages for
the journal say the first edition was in from January 1997. Still
worth reading, though.
Edgar Allan Poe's story
"The Gold Bug"(1853) is one of the earliest short stories to have
cryptography play a prominent role in the plot.
Its certainly worth reading, if you never have.
- An excellent novel in which cryptography
plays a role is Neal Stephenson's
Of course, while crytography is an important part of the plot, there's
lots more there: computer hackers, World War II, buried treasure,
General Douglas MacArthur, haiku, Alan Turing, love affairs, the
Riemann Zeta function, ...
encryption algorithm was designed by Bruce Schneier (creator of the
encryption algorithm) for use in this book, and is a quite good
cryptosystem using a deck of cards.