How Quantum Computers Ruin Everything

Speaker: 

Shane Ryerson

Institution: 

UCI

Time: 

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 5:00pm

Location: 

RH 306

Almost all forms of communication on the internet are initiated and obfuscated by a method of public key cryptography. Perhaps the most important among these are credit card transactions. This talk will discuss why public key cryptography is considered safe enough for those transactions and how quantum computers are a threat to those methods.

How the mathematics of the surface of donuts can answer so many questions!

Speaker: 

Don Saari

Institution: 

UC Irvine

Time: 

Monday, February 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

Location: 

RH 306

The surface of a common donut is called a "torus." While it is a nice geometric object, it is
reasonable to wonder, "So What!" The purpose of this lecture is to illustrate the muscle power
of mathematics by showing how the mathematics of even this simple object explains so many mysteries that occur in everyday life and in our society. Indeed, one example (should time permit) even explains why the US House of Representatives has 435 seats.
*Pizza and soda served!

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