Textbooks and Suggested Readings

The required textbook for the class is "Introduction to Modern Cryptography" by Jonathan Katz and Yehuda Lindell, Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, 2nd edition. This book will be on reserve in the engineering library, and available from the Columbia bookstore. Additional pointers, handouts, or papers may occasionally be distributed in class. Following are some useful materials for those who wish to explore further.  All these texts are available either on-line or in the Engineering library (or both).

Other Cryptography Texts

The following are textbooks that take a (more or less) similar approach to the one we take in this class, although they do differ from our class (and from each other) in some content and notation. They are all free for download. The following book presents a comprehensive treatment of the theoretical foundations of cryptography, taking a very abstract, theoretical approach.  This book is much more advanced than our class, and covers the material in far greater depth.  This book is recommended for advanced students who are interested in conducting research in cryptography.
The following two books (note that the first one is available on-line) are comprehensive reference books for all areas in cryptography. However,  these texts take a less careful approach to definitions and proofs of security than we do, often giving only intuitive treatment and omitting the precise details.  

Computational Number Theory and Algebra 

Some excellent references for computational number theory and applied algebra include:

Background Reading 

The appendix of the textbook (by Lindell and Katz) reviews some mathematical background such as basic probability and number theory. Additional background reading on discrete math, probability, algorithms and complexity theory can be found in several of the above references (in particular the one by Shoup, and the one by Menezes, van Oorschot, and Vanstone), as well as in the following books.

Non-Technical Reading

Some interesting non-technical books about the history of cryptology (which will not be addressed in this class), include the following two, originally written in 1967 and 1999, respectively.

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