Monthly Archives: August 2013

Is RSA Safe?

There has been some talk in the news recently that the security provided by the RSA encryption algorithm isn’t as secure as it used to be. RSA is an acronym standing for Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman, the individuals who designed … Continue reading

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Jewish Mathematicians in Germany

A year or so ago I stumbled across Reuben Hersh’s “Under-represented Then Over-represented: A Memoir of Jews in American Mathematics” in the pages of a recent Best Writing on Mathematics volume. That article describes the arc of Jewish mathematical history … Continue reading

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What’s the Point of Math?

NPR made me smile again. Stephen Strogatz was a guest for the game show “Ask Me Another.” Click on the link and you can listen to the entire show, or just scroll down and go straight to his segment (By the … Continue reading

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