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This is a collection of materials from a first-year seminar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, which ran fairly regularly from 2000 to 2014. Prerequisites included high-school mathematics, curiosity, and willingness to deal with unfamiliar ideas. The aim was to review the uses of information, coding, and cryptography throughout history, their implications for modern life, and their mathematical underpinnings. These notes supplemented readings from books and news articles.
Course Notes and Supplementary Material (PDF format)
|Course notes||v1 PDF (624K)||06/12/18|