Algebra for Cryptography

Cryptography researcher Victor Shoup recently gave a talk at the Simons Institute at Berkeley. Richard Lipton quotes him in one of his interesting observations about cryptography:
He also made another point: For the basic type of systems under discussion, he averred that the mathematics needed to describe and understand them was essentially high school algebra. Or as he said, “at least high school algebra outside the US.”
Quoted here.

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