Computer Scientists Achieve ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography | Quanta Magazine

I have worked on projects involving cryptography in my past. I understand some of the basic concepts that provide the security in cryptographic systems enough to be dangerous when discussing the topic, but I never became an “expert” on the subject. I found it a difficult subject to tackle, requiring a greater level of dedication and/or level of smartness than I was capable of. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating topic. I wrote about the extent of my exposure to the topic here.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/computer-scientists-achieve-crown-jewel-of-cryptography-20201110/

The Simple Math Problem We Still Can’t Solve | Quanta Magazine

Some of the problems that mathematicians attempt to solve can be intellectually very challenging, and also stimulating – maybe even fun, but could leave you wondering what, if any, practical use they have in real life. I mean, why did anyone even bother to create this problem?

https://www.quantamagazine.org/why-mathematicians-still-cant-solve-the-collatz-conjecture-20200922/

How Is Math Beautiful? | Quanta Magazine

“As Jean-Pierre Serre reportedly quipped to his mathematician colleague Raoul Bott, “While the other sciences search for the rules that God has chosen for this Universe, we mathematicians search for the rules that even God has to obey.””

https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-is-math-beautiful-20200616/

A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.| Quanta Magazine

Freeman Dyson is one of the mathematicians about whom I know very little.  I have heard the name many times, but have never really bothered to follow up in the past.  The video in the article, and the article itself, were very informative.  A great mind!  He died in February at the age of 96.

via A Math Puzzle Worthy of Freeman Dyson | Quanta Magazine

Also: Remembering the Unstoppable Freeman Dyson

Pincelli Hull Explains How an Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs | Quanta Magazine

Very interesting!  I had not heard of the Deccan Traps before.  (For future reference, the dinosaurs disappeared off the earth about 66 million years ago.)

via Pincelli Hull Explains How an Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs | Quanta Magazine

Our departure as a species may take place in other ways… 😉

The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow | Quanta Magazine

Even if these are just theories at this point, these are fascinating concepts.  Imagine the possibility that all of the natural processes, of different kinds, of different orders of scale and magnitude, can be defined by similar sets of simple rules at a macro level.   Consider the concept of “The Arrow of Time”, and how it fits in with the fundamental structure of our universe.

via The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow | Quanta Magazine