Book Review / April 4, 2020
Book Review - The Code Book

The Code Book

The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
By: Simon Singh

Book Reivew

I’m a generalist. After reading “Range - Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” by David Epstein last year, I discovered the way I am wired as a person is what Epstein calls a generalist - someone who doesn’t specialize in one area, but who is involved with many different areas (his way of saying it is way better).

What does that have to do with, “The Code Book” by Simon Singh?

Everything! If you are a generalist like me.

This book obviously covers cryptography, but it also straddles language, statistics, mathematics, war, social issues, history, politics, physics, romance, futuristic uses of quantum mechanics, and more. This book was a lot of fun for me to read. I know for some folks it would be exasperating.

It is a great combination of story telling, theory, practice, and particulars. My only wish would be for Simon to do another, more recent edition of the book. This book was written in 1999, and so much has happened since then.

Book Review / Apr 4
Book Review - The Code Book

The Code Book

The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
By: Simon Singh

Book Reivew

I’m a generalist. After reading “Range - Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” by David Epstein last year, I discovered the way I am wired as a person is what Epstein calls a generalist - someone who doesn’t specialize in one area, but who is involved with many different areas (his way of saying it is way better).

What does that have to do with, “The Code Book” by Simon Singh?

Everything! If you are a generalist like me.

This book obviously covers cryptography, but it also straddles language, statistics, mathematics, war, social issues, history, politics, physics, romance, futuristic uses of quantum mechanics, and more. This book was a lot of fun for me to read. I know for some folks it would be exasperating.

It is a great combination of story telling, theory, practice, and particulars. My only wish would be for Simon to do another, more recent edition of the book. This book was written in 1999, and so much has happened since then.

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