Coding Theory and Cryptography: From Enigma and Geheimschreiber to Quantum Theory

Springer-Verlag, 2000. ISBN 3-540-66336-3
Summary: These are the proceedings of the Conference on Coding Theory, Cryptography, and Number Theory held at the U. S. Naval Academy during October 25-26, 1998. This book concerns elementary and advanced aspects of coding theory and cryptography. The coding theory contributions deal mostly with algebraic coding theory. Some of these papers are expository, whereas others are the result of original research. The emphasis is on geometric Goppa codes, but there is also a paper on codes arising from combinatorial constructions. There are both, historical and mathematical papers on cryptography. Several of the contributions on cryptography describe the work done by the British and their allies during World War II to crack the German and Japanese ciphers. Some mathematical aspects of the Enigma rotor machine and more recent research on quantum cryptography are described. Moreover, there are two papers concerned with the RSA cryptosystem and related number-theoretic issues.


For more cryptologic history, see the National Cryptologic Museum.
This is now out of print and will not be reprinted (as far as I know). It is not available at nor even advertised on the springer website, but is available at a few other places online ( and, as of Oct, 2003).

The above ps and pdf files were posted by written permission. I thank Springer-Verlag for this.

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