Mathematical Careers and Ideas:  "The Mathematics of Modern Cryptography"

Mathematical Careers and Ideas:

THE MATHEMATICS OF MODERN CRYPTOGRAPHY

by Prof. Stephen D. Miller

Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University

In Mathematical Careers and Ideas, the mathematics department is offering a series of talks for undergraduates. The Mathematics of Modern Cryptography is the next event in this series.

Abstract:   "For most of human history, two people far apart could not share secrets unless they trusted a third party to guard them from hostile adversaries. This was practical for kings and armies to do, but not for everyday individuals. However, a generation ago an amazing discovery was made: secrets can be shared in public, by relying on the difficulty of hard math problems to keep eavesdroppers from listening in. This quickly became an essential way to guard privacy, e.g. on the internet. I'll describe some of the basic ways this is done, and also how high-powered mathematics is sometimes used to do break these cryptosystems (if time permits, including some experiences I and my collaborators have had in recent years)."

Pizza Wednesday, December 3

FREE PIZZA AND SOFT DRINKS FROM 6:35 in Hill 323

  TALK 6:50 TO 7:50 IN HILL 705

 

No pizza in Hill 705, please!

All students are welcome—and their professors too.

 

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