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In Code: A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery

In Code: A Mathematical Journey by Sarah Flannery

"In January 1999, Sarah Flannery, a sports-loving teenager from Blarney in County Cork, Ireland, was awarded Ireland's Young Scientist of the Year for her extraordinary research and discoveries in Internet cryptography. The following day, her story began appearing in Irish papers and soon after was splashed across the front page of the London Times, complete with a photo of Sarah and a caption calling her "brilliant." Just sixteen, she was a mathematician with an international reputation.

IN CODE is a heartwarming story that will have readers cheering Sarah on. Originally published in England and cowritten with her mathematician father, David Flannery, IN CODE is "a wonderfully moving story about the thrill of the mathematical chase" (Nature) and "a paean to intellectual adventure" (Times Educational Supplement). A memoir in mathematics, it is all about how a girl next door, nurtured by her family, moved from the simple math puzzles that were the staple of dinnertime conversation to prime numbers, the Sieve of Eratosthenes, Fermat's Little Theorem, googols-and finally into her breathtaking algorithm. Parallel with each step is a modest girl's own self-discovery-her values, her burning curiosity, the joy of persistence, and, above all, her love for her family."




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Bump for whoever downvoted Sarah Flannery...

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John R. Pierce's "Introduction to Information Theory"

You like this stuff? You gonna love this classic introduction too, then, if not read yet:

Introduction to Information Theory - Symbols, Signals, and Noise

http://www.amazon.com/An-Introduction-Information-Theory-Sym...

I know, it's getting some gray hair by now, but it's still a must-read for the "connoisseur", IMO.

:)

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This book is useful for understanding bitcoin and cryptography

http://www.amazon.com/Code-Mathematical-Journey-Sarah-Flanne...

And here's a useful video:


http://youtu.be/ERp8420ucGs

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

I didn't like the math parts so much...

mainly because I don't understand the math itself, just what it is, how the relationships work, why there are patterns, and how cryptograph works.

And all love all the things that math makes possible. :)

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

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Pierce's?

I'm lost, sorry... Which math? In Pierce's or in the one you posted about? (that I haven't read, but thanks for sharing, btw :)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

The Flannery book. It's the only mathematical autobiography...

I've ever read. Unless Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was a biography... http://www.dailypaul.com/287458/dirk-gentlys-holistic-detect...

http://www.amazon.com/Gentlys-Holistic-Detective-Agency-eboo...

I saw the best minds of my generation, destroyed by pandas starving hysterical naked

-Allen Ginsberg

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Ah ok. Good news, then!

Ah ok. Good news, then! I promise, Peirce should be milder/more gentle, yet is still very nicely laying down the basics important to be familiar with.

You can often recognize the masters as their ability to present the profound and real stuff, yet with the very minimum pre-requisites for the reader curious enough. :)

After that one, maybe a 2nd read of Flannery's will make more sense, and next, you might end up loving to grok Claude Shannon's early works as well ;)

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius