Mathematical Digest


Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press

"Is There Safety in Numbers?" by Amit Asaravala. WebTechniques, August 2001.

This article provides an exceptionally clear explanation of public keycryptography, which is based on the difficulty of factoring large numbers. Itends with a plea to businesses to focus more attention and money on ensuringthat encryption systems are safe.

--- Allyn Jackson