## Archive for **August 2008**

## Love for Research

Damn, loved those college days. Spending minutes and hours into research. Subjects of interest – Cryptography, Finite automata, Graph theory… A number theory course taught me what numbers actually do. They do dance. Catch their steps and you’ll realise that there’s nothing more to life. Proving an angle cannot be tri-sected using a scale and a compass. The theories behind it will leave you dumbfounded.

Jump into the pool of Cryptography and you’ll find that its a sea. The concept of Zer0-knowledge proofs bowled me over. Another lovely question that caught my attention was this:

–> Construct a long-distance coin flip using any two-to-one trapdoor function. For example, suppose that two chess players at distant parts of the world are playing chess by mail or telephone and want a fair way to determine who plays white. Or suppose that when making preparations for an international ice-hockey match, representatives of the two teams decide to flip a coin to see which country hosts the match, without having to arrange a meeting to “flip the coin.” Interesting heh ðŸ™‚

Books of interest:

1) http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Abstract-Algebra/I-N-Herstein/e/9780471368793

2) http://www.springer.com/math/numbers/book/978-0-387-94293-3

## Why blog and why late?

One question I’ve always been asking myself is “**why blog at all**“. Then there came a fantastic reply from one of my colleagues “Dude how many people know you and what you been hacking all this while”. Then as people say the bells finally rang. I could feel that I’d been missing out on something and this was something very big. Ideas unexpressed are termed junk. This has always been one of the better mediums for expressing thoughts and letting the world know the thinker inside you. Urge everyone who read this to start blogging if they still haven’t. I’ll start off with some of the nice things happening in my world. Hello World ðŸ™‚