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A Cryptography Primer
Secrets and Promises

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107017887

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  • Cryptography has been employed in war and diplomacy from the time of Julius Caesar. In our Internet age, cryptography's most widespread application may be for commerce, from protecting the security of electronic transfers to guarding communication from industrial espionage. This accessible introduction for undergraduates explains the cryptographic protocols for achieving privacy of communication and the use of digital signatures for certifying the validity, integrity, and origin of a message, document, or program. Rather than offering a how-to on configuring web browsers and e-mail programs, the author provides a guide to the principles and elementary mathematics underlying modern cryptography, giving readers a look under the hood for security techniques and the reasons they are thought to be secure.

    • Intended as a gentle introduction to the principles and elementary mathematics underlying modern cryptography, accessible to undergraduates and graduate students alike
    • Presents a look under the hood, examining security techniques and the reasons they are thought to be secure
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    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107017887
    • length: 186 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 72 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Modular arithmetic
    3. The addition cypher, an insecure block cypher
    4. Functions
    5. Probability theory
    6. Perfect secrecy and perfectly secure cryptosystems
    7. Number theory
    8. Euclid's algorithm
    9. Some uses of perfect secrecy
    10. Computational problems, easy and hard
    11. Modular exponentiation, modular logarithm, and one-way functions
    12. Diffie and Hellman's exponential-key-agreement protocol
    13. Computationally secure single-key cryptosystems
    14. Public-key cryptosystems and digital signatures.

  • Author

    Philip N. Klein, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Philip N. Klein is Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. He was a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, and has received multiple research grants from the National Science Foundation. He has been made an ACM Fellow in recognition of his contributions to research on graph algorithms. He is a recipient of Brown University's Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Sciences.

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