Cryptography in a Quantum World [article]

Gilles Brassard
2015 arXiv   pre-print
Although practised as an art and science for ages, cryptography had to wait until the mid-twentieth century before Claude Shannon gave it a strong mathematical foundation. However, Shannon's approach was rooted is his own information theory, itself inspired by the classical physics of Newton and Einstein. But our world is ruled by the laws of quantum mechanics. When quantum-mechanical phenomena are taken into account, new vistas open up both for codemakers and codebreakers. Is quantum mechanics
more » ... a blessing or a curse for the protection of privacy? As we shall see, the jury is still out!
arXiv:1510.04256v1 fatcat:vbalvrubfng2pk4lj57zkfcnzm