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Name:  Shjoji Masuzawa
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Question:
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.



Replies:
There is a short introductory chapter (Chapter 23) on Cryptology in:

- 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 (February, 1978).
- 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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