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Les codes secrets à travers les âges
by Gilles Brassard (DIRO, Montréal)
Gilles Brassard Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:30 pm

Room S1-151,
Pavillon Jean-Coutu
Université de Montréal


For millenniums, the fight has been raging on. Who will win? The code makers or the code breakers? The exciting history of cryptography, the art and science of secret writing, has taught us that code breakers have always won, sometimes with spectacular consequences ... at least until recently. But could it be that code makers will finally have the upper hand? For the benefit of the increasingly computerized society in which we live, let us hope so.

Biographical Notes

Gilles Brassard is both one of our great Quebec scientist and an outstanding scientific popularizer. Internationally, he is known as the co-founder of quantum cryptography (with Charles Bennett) and teleportation (with Claude Crépeau). He was named Personality of the Year in science and technology by the daily newspaper La Presse in 1995 and has received numerous honours among them ACFAS' Urgel-Archambault Prize in 1992, the Marie-Victorin Prize in 2000 and NSERC Award of Excellence in 2006.  His research lies at the crossroads of quantum mechanics and computer science.

Grandes Conférences du CRM

The CRM's "Grandes conférences" series invites scientists with a gift for communicating the most exciting recent developments in mathematics to a curious general public. From cryptography and quantum computing to chaos in meteorological or financial systems, and brain imaging or revolutions in biotechnology, all of the conferences reveal the power and beauty of cutting-edge mathematical research in a language accessible to all.