Cryptonomicon
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Cryptonomicon

by Neal Stephenson

About the book:  With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.In 1942, Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse—mathematical genius and young Captain in the U.S. Navy—is assigned to detachment 2702. It is an outfit so secret that only a handful of people know it exists, and some of those people have names like Churchill and Roosevelt. The mission of Waterhouse and Detachment 2702—commanded by Marine Raider Bobby Shaftoe-is to keep the Nazis ignorant of the fact that Allied Intelligence has cracked the enemy's fabled Enigma code. It is a game, a cryptographic chess match between Waterhouse and his German counterpart, translated into action by the gung-ho Shaftoe and his forces.Fast-forward to the present, where Waterhouse's crypto-hacker grandson, Randy, is attempting to create a "data haven" in Southeast Asia—a place where encrypted data can be stored and exchanged free of repression and scrutiny. As governments and multinationals attack the endeavor, Randy joins forces with Shaftoe's tough-as-nails granddaughter, Amy, to secretly salvage a sunken Nazi submarine that holds the key to keeping the dream of a data haven afloat. But soon their scheme brings to light a massive conspiracy with its roots in Detachment 2702 linked to an unbreakable Nazi code called Arethusa. And it will represent the path to unimaginable riches and a future of personal and digital liberty...or to universal totalitarianism reborn.A breathtaking tour de force, and Neal Stephenson's most accomplished and affecting work to date, Cryptonomicon is profound and prophetic, hypnotic and hyper-driven, as it leaps forward and back between World War II and the World Wide Web, hinting all the while at a dark day-after-tomorrow. It is a work of great art, thought and creative daring; the product of a truly iconoclastic imagination working with white-hot intensity.

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The Da Vinci Code
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The Da Vinci Code

by Dan Brown

About the book:  जगभरात उलथापालथ घडवणारी जबरदस्त कादंबरी पॅरिसमधील लूव्हर या सुप्रसिद्ध संग्रहालयाच्या वयस्कर व्यवस्थापकाचा संग्रहालयामध्येच खून होतो. विचित्र गोष्ट अशी की, त्यांच्या मृतदेहाभोवती जमिनीवर गोंधळून टाकणारी काही चिन्हे आणि खुणा दिसतात. या खुणांचा शोध घेण्याची कामगिरी त्याचवेळी पॅरिसमध्ये आलेल्या रॉबर्ट लँग्डन या हॉर्वर्ड विद्यापीठातील चिन्हशास्रतज्ञावर सोपवली जाते. फ्रान्समधील निष्णात गुप्तलिपीतज्ज्ञ सोफी नेव्ह्यू हिच्या मदतीने लँग्डन या चित्रविचित्र खुणांमधून खुनाला वाचा फोडणारी काही दिशा मिळते का, याचा शोध घेतो. यातूनच मग काही वेगळेच रहस्य उजेडात येते. जगप्रसिद्ध चित्रकार लिओनार्दो दा विंचीच्या अनेक चित्रांमधून अत्यंत कौशल्यपूर्ण रीतीने दडवलेले संकेत दोघांना आश्चर्यचकित करतात.खून झालेले संग्रहालय-व्यवस्थापक "प्रायरी ऑफ सायन्स' या पंथाशी संबंधित असतात. ही स्फोटक माहितीही त्यांना कळते. अत्यंत गुप्तपणे काम करणाऱ्या या पंथामध्ये सर ऐझॅक न्यूटन, व्हिक्टर ह्यूगो आणि दा विंची अशा अनेक नामवंत व्यक्ती कार्यरत असतात. संग्रहालय-व्यवस्थापकांनी मती गुंग करून टाकणारी एक ऐतिहासिक सत्य जिवापाड जपलेले असते. हा शोध घेत असताना एक अव्यक्त प्रतिगामी शक्ती सतत रॉबर्ट आणि सोफीचा पाठलाग करीत असते. प्राचीन काळापासून अस्तित्वात असलेले एक स्फोटक सत्य खुणा आणि संकेतांच्या भूलभुलौय्यातून बाहेर येते.

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Digital Fortress
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Digital Fortress

by Dan Brown

About the book:  Before the multi-million, runaway bestseller The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown set his razor-sharp research and storytelling skills on the most powerful intelligence organization on earth--the National Security Agency (NSA), an ultra-secret, multibillion-dollar agency many times more powerful than the CIA. When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant and beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage...not by guns or bombs, but by a code so ingeniously complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence. Caught in an accelerating tempest of secrecy and lies, Susan Fletcher battles to save the agency she believes in. Betrayed on all sides, she finds herself fighting not only for her country but for her life, and in the end, for the life of the man she loves. From the underground hallways of power to the skyscrapers of Tokyo to the towering cathedrals of Spain, a desperate race unfolds. It is a battle for survival--a crucial bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius...an impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to obliterate the post-cold war balance of power. Forever.

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The Code Book
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The Code Book

by Simon Singh

About the book:  In his first book since the bestselling Fermat's Enigma, Simon Singh offers the first sweeping history of encryption, tracing its evolution and revealing the dramatic effects codes have had on wars, nations, and individual lives. From Mary, Queen of Scots, trapped by her own code, to the Navajo Code Talkers who helped the Allies win World War II, to the incredible (and incredibly simple) logisitical breakthrough that made Internet commerce secure, The Code Book tells the story of the most powerful intellectual weapon ever known: secrecy. Throughout the text are clear technical and mathematical explanations, and portraits of the remarkable personalities who wrote and broke the world's most difficult codes. Accessible, compelling, and remarkably far-reaching, this book will forever alter your view of history and what drives it. It will also make you wonder how private that e-mail you just sent really is.

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