# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Swedish Computer Team Crack 10 of the World's Toughest Codes," by Reuters.*New York Times,* 12 October 2000.

In his popular work *The Code Book,* Simon Singh offered a prize of 10,000pounds (about US$15,000) to anyone who could decipher 10 difficult codes. A teamof five computer buffs in Sweden used many hours of high-powered comuter timeto crack the problems. "The challenge had obsessed thousands of codebreakersaround the world," the story says.

*--- Allyn Jackson*