Sunday, February 22, 2004


Time for one of my complexity-related movie recommendations. The 1992 film Sneakers describes the adventures of a professional hacking team led by Robert Redford as they go after a device that will break any code. The movie is great fun throughout and I loved the early scenes with the mathematician who created the device (which I assume has a quick factoring algorithm inside). Still I nearly screamed at the screen when he gave a seminar while standing in front of the projected slides.

Recent Turing Award winner Len Adleman served as mathematical consultant for the film. Read about his experiences here.

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