Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics
in the Popular Press
"Swedish Computer Team Crack 10 of the World's Toughest Codes," by Reuters.New York Times, 12 October 2000.
In his popular work The Code Book, Simon Singh offered a prize of 10,000pounds (about US$15,000) to anyone who could decipher 10 difficult codes. A teamof five computer buffs in Sweden used many hours of high-powered comuter timeto crack the problems. "The challenge had obsessed thousands of codebreakersaround the world," the story says.
--- Allyn Jackson