It is a great idea if experts in Cryptography from mathematicians to security engineers introduce books and textbooks which they think is helpful or instructive for all people interested in the field.I didn't find such topic in previous posts.

I think a good format for answering would be like this:

I. Theory, Analysis, Algorithms, Complexity,...
II. Design, Implementation, Code Writing( in C/C++, Java,...),...
III. History, Development, Future possibilities,...

Thanks in advance to all contributors for sharing your knowledge

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    – mikeazo
    Aug 15, 2012 at 13:32

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Theory and practice: Cryptography Engineering by Niels Ferguson, Bruce Schneier, and Tadayoshi Kohno

Design and some implementation tips are in Cryptography Engineering too. Code writing is highly dependant on the library you're using, so you should read its documentation first.

Development is covered, again, by Schneier's book. As for future possibilities: you'd need to subscribe to cryptography journals.

The older books (Practical Cryptography and Applied Cryptography) are good too, but don't cover the newest algorithms (AES, SHA-2, elliptic cryptography).

  • $\begingroup$ Katz/Lindell is a great intro to the theory side of things. The title is "Introduction to Modern Cryptography". $\endgroup$
    – pg1989
    May 9, 2013 at 18:09

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