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DesktopWeb FormText   book : cryptoWed, 20 Oct 2004 06:28:43 GMT # 

by Steven Levy. picked this book up from a post by Softwaremaker after i had just finished Levy's book on Artificial Life. had put together the crypto API for CF to use with WSE, so know how to use crypto, but had no clue of its history. this books filled in those gaps detailing who was behind the different algorithms and how they came about. it also outlines the concerns of the NSA for crypto going public (read terrorism and child porn). it was an entertaining read. also gave me some insight into why my one Lotus Notes friend happens to know a boat load about crypto. it is worth noting that the book was published pre 9/11, so the reader misses out on feelings of guilt. maybe the book will get updated in a couple years to include that and quantum crypto