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Title: (De-)Coding adventures for young researchers
Authors: Boytchev, Pavel
Keywords: Coding
young researchers
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Published by PRVOKRUH, Prague, Czech Republic
Citation: Andersen, J., et al, with contributions by Boytchev, P., et al., „(De-)Coding adventures for young researchers”, In Bringing Mathematics to Earth, University of Wien, University of Pisa, VIA University College, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics BAS, University of Nitre, Published by PRVOKRUH, Prague, Czech Republic, 2010, pp 31-36, ISBN 978-80-901470-2-7
Abstract: We often associate coding with writing secret messages; however, this is usually called encrypting. Coding is a more general notion meaning to represent a message using specially designed symbols (AKA codes). Codes are not only the symbols used to code a message (sorry for this recursive statement), but are also the rules that control the processes of using these codes. The sole goal of a code is to be decoded. When we talk about secret codes, the goal becomes to make decoding easy for specific recipient and impossible to everybody else. This represents the encryption meaning of coding. In Greek kryptos means hidden. The other word that is often used for coding secret messages, is ciphering. The origin of this word leads us to the Arabic word sifr, meaning zero, empty, nothing. It has been introduced in Europe by the arrival of the Arabic numerals and soon its meaning has become not just zero, but also any numeral. Later on, it has started to be used for coded messages. Nowadays the cipher is usually a code based on digits.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10506/339
ISBN: 978-80-901470-2-7
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