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Mathematics, nature and cryptography: Insights from philosophy of information

Sarukkai, Sundar (2007) Mathematics, nature and cryptography: Insights from philosophy of information. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 92 (12). pp. 1690-1696.

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Abstract

One influential image that is popular among scientists is the view that mathematics is the language of nature. The present article discusses another possible way to approach the relation between mathematics and nature, which is by using the idea of information and the conceptual vocabulary of cryptography. This approach allows us to understand the possibility that secrets of nature need not be written in mathematics and yet mathematics is necessary as a cryptographic key to unlock these secrets. Various advantages of such a view are described in this article.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Keywords: Cryptography, mathematics, nature, philosophy.
Department/Centre: Others
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2010 08:31
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:59
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/27078

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