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.
Your number's up: A case for the usefulness of useless maths
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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Mathematician announces that he's proved the ABC conjecture
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A zero sum game
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The sum of digits of prime numbers is evenly distributed
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New record in the area of prime number decomposition of cryptographically important numbers
An international team of scientists from EPFL (Switzerland), INRIA (France), NTT (Japan), CWI (The Netherlands) and Bonn University (Germany), has obtained the prime factors of the RSA challenge number RSA-768, using the ...