VCs Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Lecture Series offers cryptography lecture

VC Math Professor Matt Wiley

One of the most prevalent consequences of the digital age is the need to protect digital information as we conduct our business and our lives via the Internet at home, at work and at school. On Friday, Nov. 4, VC’s Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa presents the first offering in its new Faculty Lecture Series focusing on cryptography. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 12:30 p.m. in VC’s Health Science Center, Room 130.

A number of newsworthy digital information thefts and leaks have made headlines recently: the Playstation network failure, Wikileaks and other security breaches at credit card processing vendors and various banking institutions. This lecture, “Cryptography: The puzzle palace and how gentlemen read other gentlemen’s mail,” addresses the defense of digital information.

Using techniques put in place by the Roman Empire and methods that led to the rise (and fall) of the vicious Nazi war machine, the security of online banking transactions and other cryptography ideas are introduced in an elementary mathematical context. And those who have always wondered how algebra applies in the real world may be particularly interested to know that these mathematical applications form the foundation of the art and science of cryptography.

Friday’s lecture will be presented by VC Math Professor Matt Wiley. Wiley has a Master of Science degree in pure mathematics with a minor in computer science. His interest in languages, both human and computer, were developed in part during his time in the United States Air Force. Wiley serves as a faculty advisor to VC’s Zeta Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and, prior to joining the faculty at VC, taught mathematics at the University of California where he won an Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.


What: PTK Faculty Lecture Series “Cryptography: The puzzle palace and how gentlemen read other gentlemen’s mail”

When: Friday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m.

Where: VC’s Health Science Center, Room 130

Free and open to the public

Published: Thursday, 27 October 2011

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