Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Mathematics 202. Cryptography

We live in an ocean of information and secrets, surrounded by codes and ciphers. Actions as prosaic as making a call on a cellphone, logging onto a computer, purchasing an item over the Internet, inserting an ATM card at the bank or using a satellite dish for TV reception all involve the digitizing and encrypting of information. Companies with proprietary data and countries with classified information: all kinds of organizations need a way to encode and decrypt their secrets to keep them hidden from prying eyes. This course will develop from scratch the theoretical mathematics necessary to understand current sophisticated crypto-systems, such as the government, industry and Internet standards: the public-key RSA, the DES and the Rijndael codes.