Research Life-Stories: Ilya Mironov, or The First Problem I Solved

Some memories have staying power, and feel vivid and fresh like they happened yesterday. In this post I want to reminisce about the first problem I remember solving and give some context to it, which hopefully would be more interesting than the problem itself. I was truly fortunate to begin my mathematical education in the … Continue reading Research Life-Stories: Ilya Mironov, or The First Problem I Solved

Cryptography in the Real World

This post is about implementing cryptography with real objects—rods, chains, and locks—and it is going to be light on formulas and heavy on pictures. Fun! Many cryptographic schemes have real-world analogues, some less trivial than others. Digital signatures are the most obvious example, where the cryptographic scheme achieves pretty much the same task as traditional … Continue reading Cryptography in the Real World