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The History of Cryptography and Codes

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Birkbeck, University of London

Clore Management Centre

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Each year in May we run a history of mathematics conference at Birkbeck, organised by the British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM), and supported by the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics at Birkbeck.

This year's event will look at the development of codes and cryptography from their origins to the present day. An exciting programme is planned, with six speakers on a range of topics in this area, including Clifford Cocks, the British mathematician famous for inventing in 1973 what's now called the "RSA" encryption algorithm (5 years before its independent discovery by Rivest, Shamir and Adleman). His work was classified at the time, so his contribution only came to light almost a quarter-century later.

Registration will be £5 for students, £10 for BSHM members and Birkbeck staff, and £20 for non-members. This will include tea/coffee and biscuits at break times, but not lunch, as we wanted to keep the registration fee to a minimum. There are numerous places to eat within easy walking distance of Birkbeck, including a coffee shop that sells sandwiches and snacks within Birkbeck itself.

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The programme is still being finalised, but will start at 9:30am with registration and tea/coffee, and the last talk will finish by 5pm.

Please note our cancellation policy: we will refund fees in full if you have to cancel more than a week in advance; however since we have to confirm numbers for catering purposes 7 days ahead of time, unfortunately we cannot issue a refund if you cancel after that point.

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