The RSA algorithm (or how to send private love letters)
A couple of days ago on The Conversation, I set myself up with a task: to defend the usefulness of so-called "useless" maths. Today, that defence continues, with a look at the RSA algorithm.
A couple of days ago on The Conversation, I set myself up with a task: to defend the usefulness of so-called "useless" maths. Today, that defence continues, with a look at the RSA algorithm.
I once made the mistake of asking a mathematician why he devoted his whole life to maths. "Because it's fun!" he replied wildly, his flabby cheeks beaming with childlike excitement.
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