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Ask HN: Resources to learn more about cryptography
4 points by wwortiz on July 29, 2010 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments
I really don't know anything about cryptography and I am rather curious about it, I don't mind math and mathematical concepts but I would like to start learning from the ground up, perhaps just resources about using cryptography are available.

But I'm open for any suggestions.




I really enjoyed this book:

"Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age"

http://www.amazon.com/Crypto-Rebels-Government-Privacy-Digit...

Doesn't really teach crypto methods, but it gives a solid (and interesting) lesson about the history and thinking behind cryptology. A good read even if you're not a developer, IMHO


'Cryptography Engineering' by Ferguson & Schneier is the best.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d.html?pd=1&a=0470474246

^ I got that link using my BlacbBerry, apologies if it's the mobile version.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Books_on_cryptography has an excellent set of recommendations.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptography

Tons of good information on that page. Scroll down to the bottom and check out some of the "See Also" links.




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