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ISBN: 0752881620
Author: Richard Belfield
Language: English
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) (July 11, 2007)
Pages: 320
Category: Puzzles & Games
Subcategory: Humour
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 627
Size Fb2: 1914 kb
Size ePub: 1320 kb
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I love puzzles and this book explains about one of the most famous ever cracked

I love puzzles and this book explains about one of the most famous ever cracked. It was a good book, complicated in someways with the explaining of the codes but then again they were meant to be complicated in the hope of not being broken. I am pleased I bought it as it opened my eyes to many things.

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Coding Theory & Cryptology. Can You Crack The Enigma Code? Paperback. By (author) Richard Belfield. Now, in this fascinating and intriguing book, Richard Belfield looks at some of the most difficult codes in history that have withstood years of investigation and shows the reader how they too can learn to solve or create almost any code. Sometimes, as with the notorious Zodiac Killer or the Voynich Manuscript, the codes remain unsolved, or as with Kryptos in the CIA's headquarters only 90 per cent has been decoded. Here, Belfield explains what the current theories are and provides avenues for further exploration.

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Looking at some of the difficult codes in history that have withstood years of investigation, this title shows how to learn to solve or create almost any code. It explains what the theories are, and provides avenues for further exploration.

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From the earliest days of mankind, people have sought to pass on secret messages via code - and for almost as long, cryptographers have tried to break the codes. Most famous of all were those at Bletchley Park who managed to break the Nazis' 'unbreakable' Enigma code. This fascinating and intriguing book examines some of the most difficult codes in history that have withstood years of investigation and shows the reader how they too can learn to solve or create almost any code. Sometimes, as with the notorious Zodiac Killer or the Voynich Manuscript, the codes remain unsolved, or as with Kryptos in the CIA's headquarters only 90 per cent has been decoded. In the final element of the book, working with a team of top cryptographers, the author has devised his own code, based on the techniques that have been revealed throughout the book, and invites the reader to crack the code...

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I really like books on the historical aspect of cryptology, and Mr. Belfield's book certainly belongs to the genre. He provides some interesting tidbits that other texts seemed to gloss over or treat in significantly less detail. This is especially true of his chapters on the Kryptos sculpture at CIA Headquarters and the Voynich Manuscript. But this becomes somewhat of a burden in some ways ... perhaps it's a matter of taste, but of all the great cryptological mysteries, he spends a huge amount of print on the Shugborough Shephard's Monument. What's that? Never heard of it ? ... me neither, and I found the chapter about it pretty dry. To be fair to Mr. Belfield, I purchased the book before it was actually available in the US (from amazon.co.uk, after a mention in the American Cryptogram Association's newsletter), so perhaps his British readers are more familiar with this particular mystery. He seems to delve at least briefly into virtually every possible nuance of why something is this way or that at Shugborough, despite the fact that some theories clearly have more merit than others, and I thought it just went on too long.
That being said, I still enjoyed the book, as will most crypto enthusiasts. Like I stated, treatment of the Voynich Manuscript and the Beale Papers have very detailed sections. I would have like to see a better refutation of the claims of some to have solved the Beale Ciphers, which seem to have virtually no merit whatsoever, and Mr. Belfield seems to have the intellectual horsepower to do so, but he doesn't really dwell on it for any significant time.
A few other minor quibbles: Mr. Belfield seems to inject a great deal of his own opinion, especially social and political, into the text. Comments about the flaws of modern western democracies or small fluffy dogs being the favorite of 'airheads' both now and in the past may provide a humorous touch for some, but for me they detracted from the overall academic treatment of these unsolved mysteries. And the fact that I agree with Mr. Belfield's opinions on some matters doens't change my mind ... they simply don't go well with his otherwise rigorous treatment of the book's main points. Some small errors crop up as well ... for example, the Zodiac Killer did not terrorize "Southern California", but rather was a Bay Area phenomenon who MAY have had connections to some other murders in SoCal. Such errors are inevitable in books based on fact, and this does not really detract from what is otherwise an interesting and informative book.
I don't want to sound like I'm quibbling, so I'll sum it up ... Overall, I liked Mr. Belfield's book, and I recommend it to crypto enthusiasts.
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The author of the book seems not to distinguish between nonsense ideas that deserve to be mentioned and then dismissed quickly, and good ideas that deserve to be explored in detail.

The style is very journalistic, with lots of errors that one would hope not to find in a properly researched book (e.g. the spelling of Pearl Harbour (sic) and the reference to images in the Voynich manuscripts as "plates"(!) are two that spring to mind). I agree with most of the previous review, including the fact that the book's author's personal opinions about the justice system, police forces, the CIA, etc. become tedious to read, even when you happen to agree with them.

There are six puzzles/codes/ciphers printed in the book, and whoever solves them all first will win an Enigma machine. There is an online forum for the discussion of these puzzles. The fact that teams of cryptanalysts and computer geeks have spent tens of thousands of hours on trying to solve them, and have still failed, suggests that you should not buy this book expecting to solve more than a couple of the puzzles before you give up.

If you want an introduction to the subject, read another book (such as Singh's _The Code Book_). You should probably only buy this if you are a crypto geek and want to own *everything* on the subject. (Even then, why not just borrow it from a library?)

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