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