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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fascinating and Informative!


The Code Book by Simon Singh
This is a fascinating journey through the history of cryptography and a book that every intelligent individual interested in the topic should read and have on the shelf for reference. It is for every person who has been curious or concerned about individual privacy and the security of transactions on the internet.
Simon Singh tells the story of cryptography and how it influenced the outcome of history, with vivid examples. Had Mary Queen of Scots been aware that her "secret coded" letters had been actually deciphered and read by her jailers, she might have been spared the guillotine. From deciphering the Egyptian hieroglyphics with the aid of the Rosetta Stone, through cracking the German Enigma and the story of the Navajo Code Talkers and up to the use of sophisticated "unbreakable" encoding used in modern communications and over the internet, this is one fascinating story.
Dr. Singh doesn't stop at telling interesting historical anecdotes. He actually explains and demonstrates what cryptography is with real examples of codes and ciphers and challenges the reader more than once to find the keys to such codes.
Finally, Simon Singh leaps into the future when Quantum Computers will be able to break any existing code known today and concludes that:
"A quantum computer would jeopardize the stability of the world. Whichever country gets there first will have the ability to monitor the communication of its citizens, read the minds of its commercial rivals and eavesdrop on the plans of its enemies. Although it is still in its infancy, quantum computing presents a potential threat to the individual, to international business and to global security."
Whether you are fascinated by codes and cryptography or you are worried about your latest purchase online, this book will be of great interest to all.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wow!


This is one of the few O'Reilly books that I read cover to cover. What? A book on regular expressions read cover to cover? If you have read the book, I suspect that you understand. If not, read it. Even a cursory skimming (if possible) will provide valuable information in HOW regular expressions work - the syntax, the underlying engine, differences in implementation. Highly recommended.

On a sidenote, the regular expression in the back of the book (a full page long) has been the topic of conversation in my workplace more than once. I suspect that it will eventually become one of those "geek indicators" like the number 42 or PARC.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing- Things I didn't know about the company I work for!


I enjoyed this book tremendously. The authors capture the mood and history extremely well, and manage to make the reader feel like they are there watching the ARPAnet unfold right in front of them. The book is thoroughly researched, and provides just enough technical information that the lay person can follow. It's been especially fun learning the origins of the internet conventions, such as the @ sign and emoticons, that we take for granted in our daily use. A must read for any regular user of the internet who wishes to understand it a little better.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Statistics for Managers Using Microsoft Excel (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David M. Levine, David Stephan, Timothy C. Krehbiel, Mark L. Berenson, Mark L Berenson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great on using excel for statistics


This book makes it easy to learn to use excel for statistical analysis. It covers both concepts and how to. I don't agree with negative reviewers who seem to have piled on regarding minor flaws. The book is good.