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Introduction to modern cryptography.

2008-12-29

“The book is a wide and complete survey of modern cryptography. Its emphasis is on the information-theoretical analysis of the methods, but several applications are introduced in a well motivated manner. The exercises are illustrative of the methods and pose important challenges not only to novel readers but also to crypto professionals profiting from the book as a reference source. The book is highly recommended as a textbook in cryptography courses at graduate or advanced undergraduate levels”, begins Guillermo Morales-Luna his review of “ Introduction to modern cryptography.” by Jonathan Katz and Yehuda Lindell [Chapman & Hall/CRC Cryptography and Network Security. Boca Raton, FL (2008; Zbl 1143.94001)].

Though there are by now many undergraduate text-books on this rapidly growing subjects available, the present one is distinguished by its sheer volume. This is reflected by a quite extensive and detailed review, which could almost serve as a brief introduction on its own.

The reviewer concludes:

“The book covers in a splendid way the main notions of current cryptography form the point of view of information-theoretical security. This corresponds indeed to a modern cryptography approach. All the covered themes were known from last decade, but a textbook containing all of them in a readable fashion at the reach of undergraduate students was lacking. The current book covers this lack in a self-contained way.”


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