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Old 2015-11-06, 18:56   #2
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Default Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

A highly geeky book.

It is set in two different time periods, modern time (as of 1999, when it was written) and World War II (2).

It basically mostly involves the advances in cryptography and ICT, and their use. Bletchly Park and Alan Turing figure prominently, but so do the solderers "on the ground".

Interestingly, there is a cypher used in the book ("Pontifex" AKA "Solitaire") using packs of playing cards. This was developed by Bruce Schneier, an encryption expert. It actually works, and is detailed in a post script. This is no ordinary novel.
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