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John Milnor to discuss quantum cryptography and computation

Mathematician John Milnor will discuss quantum theory and its application to the fields of cryptography and computation in a public lecture on Thursday, March 1.

The talk, sponsored by the math club, will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Jadwin A01.

Milnor, director of the Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the State University of New York - Stony Brook, received his 1951 AB and 1954 Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton. He taught at Princeton from 1953 to 1988, having served as the Henry Putnam University Professor and the chair of the mathematics department. He received the Fields Medal, one of the highest honors in mathematics, in 1962 and the National Medal of Science in 1967.

His talk is titled "Quantum cryptography and quantum computation."

"Physicists are interested in these potential applications of quantum theory because they help to hone our understanding of basic principles, and mathematicians because they involve some fascinating ideas. Finally, of course, both cryptography and computation are enormously important in the present world," stated Milnor.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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