REVIEW: "Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing", Martin Gardner

Do you have a question? Post it now! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

BKCOCISW.RVW   20101229

"Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing", Martin Gardner, 1972,
0-486-24761-9, U$4.95/C$7.50
%A   Martin Gardner
%C   31 East 2nd St., Mineola, NY  11501
%D   1972
%G   0-486-24761-9
%I   Dover Publications
%O   U$4.95/C$7.50
%O  ( product link shortened)
  ( product link shortened)
%O   Audience n- Tech 1 Writing 2 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
%P   96 p.
%T   "Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing"

This brief pamphlet outlines some of the simple permutation and
substitution ciphers that have been used over time.  The emphasis is
on the clever little tricks that go into making ciphers slightly
harder to crack.  None of the algorithms are terribly sophisticated,
and exercises are given at the end of each chapter.  Instructions are
given for decrypting some of the ciphers, even if you don't know the

Two additional chapters address related topics.  The first deals with
various forms of secret writing, such as invisible inks, or
steganographic messages.  The last chapter briefly examines the
problem of creating messages that unknown people, with unknown
languages, may be able to solve (such as sending messages to the

None of the material is strenuous, but this may be a nice start before
moving on to a work such as Gaines "Cryptanalysis" (cf. BKCRPTAN.RVW).

copyright, Robert M. Slade   2010     BKCOCISW.RVW   20101229

"Dictionary of Information Security," Syngress               1597491152 /
============= for back issues:
[Base URL] site /
CISSP refs:     [Base URL]mnbksccd.htm
Book reviews:   [Base URL]mnbk.htm
Review mailing list: send mail to

Site Timeline