Name: Shjoji Masuzawa
Date: Around 1993
The idea of public encryption is fascinating. I would like to
introduce the idea to my Computer Literacy course (for 10th graders). I have
read some very general descriptions of public encryption, but I would like to
know a little more specific concept. Do you have any reading suggestions -
books or articles, which are not too technical? I am a Computer teacher in a
high school, teaching Pascal as well as Computer Literacy. Symbolic logic was
my favorite subject in college. Thank you.
There is a short introductory chapter (Chapter 23) on Cryptology
- R. Sedgewick, ALGORITHMS, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.; Reading, MA, 1984.
The chapter is short, but it is easy reading and gives a little history. The
references cited by Sedgewick are:
- D. Kahn, THE CODEBREAKERS, Macmillan, New York, 1967.
- R. L. Rivest, A. Shamir and L. Adleman, "A method for obtaining digital
signatures and public-key cryptosystems," COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM, 21, 2
- T. A. Standish, DATA STRUCTURE TECHNIQUES, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co,
Reading, MA, 1980.
I have not seen these, so I cannot say much for how technical they are. The
Rivest article is probably fairly technical. I hope this is a good start for
you. Good luck.
Clayton S. Ferner
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