Mathematical Digest

Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Will it Crack?", by Charles Seife. New Scientist, 23 January 1999 page20.

"Irish Lass Invents Crypto Code". Random Samples, Science, 29 January1999, page 599.

The mathematical project of a 16 year old from Ireland may provide a faster way to encrypt information sent via the Internet. These articles introduce Sarah Flannery and the encryption scheme she helped develop. The scheme uses public key cryptography -- a method which relies on mathematical operations that are difficult to undo -- and is significantly faster than the predominantly used RSA algorithm.

--- Elizabeth Moisan