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The Top Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking By Roy Apps

The Top Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking

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Explore the world history of code breaking from the ancient Egyptians and Greeks to the Enigma Codes in World War Two and computer codes used today.

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The Top Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking by Roy Apps

Explore the history of codes from The Haircut Code, used by the Persians to convey messages in war, to Ancient Hebrew ciphers, pictorial codes of the Egyptians Mayans to letter codes in ancient Rome and substitution ciphers used in Tudor England when the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots was being planned. Find out about modern-day codes, such as tennis players Laura Robson and Heather Watson's 'back slang' when playing doubles and computer codes in the 21st century including the safety of passwords.

The title will feature strange-but-true facts that are real-life extraordinary stories of codes and their code breakers and 'Code Cracker' practical activities show how you can build or solve your own codes!

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Fascinating * Parents In Touch *
Children will enjoy the practical activities and the chance to break a range of codes themselves in Code Breaker's Corners. * Parents In Touch *
This brief, comprehensive chronicle is informative and enetertaining. The clear explanations of various codes, admirably illustrate with equal clarity, each have practical exercises attached, which are great fun to complete. This rich and varied field of activity is covered with enthusiasm. This instrucitve book should inspire much creative and enjoyable classroom work. * The School Librarian *

About Roy Apps

Roy Apps is the author of more than fifty children's books, including The Twitches, Fang Gang and How To Handle. He is the author of the highly successful Dream to Win series for Franklin Watts.
His novel The Secret Summer of Daniel Lyons won The Writers' Guild Children's Book Award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Awards. It is now a successful musical.
Roy writes extensively for radio, theatre and TV. In 2001 he was awarded a BAFTA for his children's TV work, which includes Byker Grove, The Ghost Hunter and Barmy Aunt Boomerang.
Roy visits schools, libraries and bookshops to read from his books and to share the secrets of The Shed in Your Head . He runs Writing Projects for all ages and over the last few years has helped young and new writers make books, stage plays, films, performance poetry and most recently, an opera.

Table of Contents

  • 1: Why We Need Codes [Shhh! It's a secret!]
  • 2: Picture Codes
  • 3: Invisible Messages
  • 4: Gnitirw Sdrawkcab and other Letter Codes
  • 5: Think of a number...
  • 6: Help! My Code has been Cracked!
  • 7: The Unbreakable Code
  • 8: I Don't Understand a Word You're Saying!
  • 9: The Most Useful Code Ever Invented
  • 10: The Analytical Engine
  • 11: The Enigma Machine
  • 12: Colossus - The Computer as big as a Room
  • 13: To Infinity - and Beyond...

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The Top Secret History of Codes and Code Breaking by Roy Apps
Roy Apps
Used - Good
Hachette Children's Group
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.