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Cryptography and The Da Vinci Code


Tue 4 May 2010, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Cryptography and The Da Vinci Code, presented by Keith Martin.

This evening lecture will provide an introduction to cryptography, a science which has played an important historic role and now underpins the security of information systems, including the Internet.

We will demonstrate some of the security problems with sending information over the Internet and discuss how cryptography can be used to address these.

Attendees will have the chance to solve some simple cryptographic puzzles and learn a little bit about how cryptography works. We will also discuss whether there is any real cryptography used in Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code.

Keith Martin is a University of Canterbury Visiting Erskine Fellow and Professor of Information Security at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests are in information security and applications of combinatorial mathematics.

Although this session is free we do require participants to contact us as places are limited. Please call 03 364 2470. Online enrolment is not available.