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Crypto Cd-Rom

Alternative title
Codebreaker’s Toolkit, The
Synopsis
An interactive CD-ROM version of ‘The Code Book’ by Simon Singh, on which his Channel 4 series THE SCIENCE OF SECRECY was based. The CD-ROM includes many clips from the television series plus other clips filmed specifically for the CD-ROM. Text from the book is presented in short chunks that are illustrated with video clips, computer generated animations and interactive tools and demonstrations. The interactive tools enable messages to be encrypted using all the ciphers discussed in the book. Also includes a full Enigma Machine emulator; a beginner’s cryptography tutorial; a history of codes from 1000BC to 2000AD; interviews with Whit Diffie and Clifford Cocks; sections on public key crypto and RSA; an animated section on quantum cryptography. Other tools assist with the cracking of encrypted messages using techniques such as frequency analysis. There are also numerous puzzles and encrypted messages to be cracked. The CD-ROM makes full use of the potential of multimedia to communicate fairly technical ideas.

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Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2002
Year of production
2002
Notes
Simon Singh’s series THE SCIENCE OF SECRECY was first broadcast on Channel 4 beginning 28/7/01
Documentation
'The Code Book’ by Simon Singh is available separately, or combined with the CD-ROM in a package entitled THE CODEBREAKER’S TOOLKIT at the special price of £10.00
Subjects
Mathematics
Keywords
ciphers; cryptography

Distribution Formats

Type
CD-ROM
Format
PC Version
Price
£5.00
Availability
Sale
Year
2003

Distributor

Name

Simon’s Shop

Email
assistant@simonsingh.net
Web
http://www.simonsingh.com/ External site opens in new window
Address
PO Box 23064
London
W11 3GX

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