This large volume is more of an exhaustive reference than it is a handbook (as the title suggests).
It differs from Schneier's "Applied Cryptography" in that it is far more academic (rigorous and
formalized), and less hands-on (no source code is given). Like a good handbook, it gives a very
modular treatment of each topic. This book is an essential addition to your cryptography library, but
it is not a tutorial.
Handbook of Applied Cryptography|
Menezes, Alfred J. / van Oorschot, Paul C. / Vanstone, Scott A. 1997. 816 pages.
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