Jim Spriggs wrote: > > firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > > > I am really interested in cryptography and understanding the underlying > > math involved (and just higher math). I am wondering if anyone can > > recommend any good/simple books or software (good examples) on a course > > of understand the math involved in crypto (kinda like 'Dummie' guides > > on higher math)? From what I have gathered, Number Theory seems to be > > the main area to know, but I feel I need/want to know some other math > > first. Hell, I mean I need to know how to just read so of these > > functions/series that I am looking at. Maybe if there was just a book > > ('math dictionary' maybe) on how to read/understand what the > > functions/series just say, that would be a great help. > > For the number theory relating to cryptography I would suggest > > Neal Koblitz "A Course in Number Theory and Cryptography" Springer.
Also, may I draw your attention to
Richard Crandall and Carl Pomerance "Prime Numbers, a Computational Perspective" Springer.
This has a section on cryptography with references and algorithms. The book is full of interesting material.
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