Our second summer school lesson is ready. Thanks to last week’s lesson, we understand why the theory was needed. This week, we examine what the earliest version of the theory looks like, either with or without the math.

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## Summer School 2012.2: The Revelations of Einstein

July 13, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, physics, relativity, summer school Bureau 42 Teaches, Summer School

## Summer School 2012.1: The Need for Relativity

July 6, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, physics, relativity, summer school Bureau 42 Teaches, Summer School

This year’s summer school is a slightly different format than usual. In 2010, we covered quantum mechanics without the math. In 2011, we covered assessment theory with the math. In 2012, we cover Einstein’s relativity. More details and download links follow below.

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## Math From Scratch 22: RSA Encryption

June 1, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, math, math from scratch Bureau 42 Teaches

One of the most common applications of advanced mathematics is in encryption. The RSA encryption algorithm is the most common version, and is the basis of the security that underlies the https protocols used to connect users to online retailers, banks, and so forth. This also concludes the first volume of the *Math From Scratch*, which can be obtained in a single document through Graphicly. Join us when we return in September with the goal of defining rational, irrational and real numbers.

## Math From Scratch 21: Totients

May 1, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, math, math from scratch Bureau 42 Teaches

The Euler Totient function is the focus of this month’s lesson, and is the final piece of the puzzle required before we reach the RSA encryption algorithm in June.

## Math From Scratch 20: The Chinese Remainder Theorem

April 1, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, math, math from scratch Bureau 42 Teaches

We are finally able to cover the Chinese Remainder Theorem, one of the oldest recorded mathematical theorems and one that is of great importance to many computer science applications.

## Math From Scratch 19: Solving Linear Diophantine Equations

March 1, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, math, math from scratch Bureau 42 Teaches

We are now equipped to define and solve linear diophantine equations. We are on track to cover RSA encryption algorithms in June.

## Relativity: Call for questions and proofreaders

February 5, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, physics, summer school Ask The Bureau, Bureau 42 Teaches, Summer School

This summer will see our next Summer School, this time dealing with both the special and general theories of relativity. It will come in two versions: one will be devoid of algebra, just as the quantum mechanics series was, and the other will have the mathematical details included. I’m looking for two things from our readers to help out: the first is a list of questions you would like to see answered, and the second is a group of proofreaders ready and willing to read through this before it becomes posted for all. If you have questions you would like to see answered, please post them in the comments. If you would like to proofread, please e-mail me directly.

## Math From Scratch 18: The Euclidean Algorithm

February 1, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, math, math from scratch Bureau 42 Teaches

Our teaching tidbits and Math From Scratch are overlapping for the first time with the Euclidean algorithm. If all goes as planned, RSA encryption algorithms will be derived and explained in June.

## Deciding the Summer School 2013 topic

January 23, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, summer school Ask The Bureau, Bureau 42 Teaches, Summer School

As most readers are aware, Bureau 42 does annual summer school sessions. In 2010, we covered quantum mechanics without the math, and in 2011 we covered assessment theory including formulae but not derivations. In 2012, we will cover Einstein’s Theory of Relativity (both special and general), and we will do it in a slightly different fashion: two downloadable files will be offered with each lesson. One version will be devoid of math, as the quantum mechanics series was, while the other will have complete mathematical details in addition to the conceptual lessons. What do you want us to cover in 2013? More after the break.

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## Summer School 2012.3: Space and Time

July 20, 2012 by W. Blaine Dowler education, physics, relativity, summer school Bureau 42 Teaches, Summer School

We have now learned why we need the theory of relativity, and what it looks like in its most basic form. Now it’s time to explore some of the implications with the merger of space and time. Again, readers can choose to learn about these ideas either with or without the math.