The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Sometimes I think nonfiction gets a bad rep for being dry/boring. But, well-written nonfiction can transport you to fascinating and thought-provoking places the same way fiction can – except that you’re still in the real world!
This book has everything: espionage, mystery, and even buried treasure. The best part? It’s all true. The Code Book takes you on a fast-paced tour through the history of ciphers and code-breaking, using real-life examples from Mary Queen of Scots to modern-day cartels and criminals.
Don’t let the textbook-sounding title scare you off – the author, Simon Singh, has a gift for storytelling and breaking down complex concepts into interesting and digestible bits of information. At least give the free preview a shot, I promise it will grab you!