One thing that I love about school holidays is having the time to read! The first book I read this summer was ‘The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography’ by Simon Singh. I chose this book because in the new school year I will be exploring code (cipher) making and breaking with my students. ’The Code Book’ is a fascinating read! Simon Singh goes through the history of codes, ciphers, and cryptanalysis with lots of interesting stories about the people involved. I found the section on the Enigma Machine especially intriguing. Singh does a wonderful job of explaining fairly complex ideas in an easy to follow way. The book ends by looking at data encryption. This may sound like a dry topic, but Singh really makes it understandable and engaging with the stories of the pioneers in this work. Aside from the content of the book, one thing that I really like is that it has a comprehensive index. As I read the book I made very brief notes knowing that I could quickly find out more info by going to the index. If you like non-fiction presented by true storytellers, then this book is definitely worth a look.
Do you enjoy reading? What are your recommended reads? Let me know in the comments section!