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I'm looking for a good place to start in cryptography and places to go to get free books etc on the topic.

I have been looking online but I always get stuck at some point or another. I need something that covers the basics better or a good explanation on how to understand the expressions/notation. It seems far from regular algebra.

I have always had a liking towards the idea of hashing as well.

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List questions are really off topic here, but since the question hasn't been closed yet:

  1. Dan Boneh's Free Online Course
  2. Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography
  3. This website when you have questions (see the FAQ before posting)
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  • $\begingroup$ Where should I have posted? Just wondering as I'm fairly new to this topic and site. Can I get it moved? $\endgroup$ – Joe Jun 24 '12 at 3:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Joe, the chat room is a good place to discuss this sort of stuff. That said, hopefully the material posted thus far is helpful. $\endgroup$ – mikeazo Jun 24 '12 at 10:01
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Free as free beer!


Another interesting Link

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  • $\begingroup$ wth this is legally free? $\endgroup$ – Pacerier Jan 18 '14 at 2:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Pacerier - yep, the link is sponsored by the Center for applied cryptographic research of the university of waterloo, where the authors work. $\endgroup$ – Matteo Jan 18 '14 at 3:09
  • $\begingroup$ Any more legally free (yet good) resources on cryptography that you may know of? $\endgroup$ – Pacerier Jan 18 '14 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Pacerier - nope... $\endgroup$ – Matteo Jan 18 '14 at 3:11
  • $\begingroup$ btw isn't Applied Cryptography abit old and outdated? It's published like 20 years ago and I can see alot of facts gone wrong.... any news on the new version? $\endgroup$ – Pacerier Jan 18 '14 at 7:41
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Udacity online course CS387 by David Evans (the professor, not the guitarist) is a good one.

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