Mathematics Seminar - 22 February 2013


Hancock Center Room 2005, 3:30 PM


Joe Kirtland - Marist College


The Mathematics of Cryptography: From Caesar to RSA


Cryptography is an ancient art that has been practiced for thousands of years. With the arrival of the computer and the modern age, more sophisticated techniques, many relying on mathematics, were required to secure communications and data transfers. Along with the necessary mathematics, this talk will present the historical development of cryptography from ancient to modern ciphers, from private key to public key ciphers, and from symmetric to asymmetric ciphers.

This talk is open to anyone, particularly students. No great mathematical foundation is necessary.