Number Theory in Science and Communication

With Applications in Cryptography, Physics, Digital Information, Computing, and Self-Similarity

  • Manfred Schroeder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. A Few Fundamentals

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  3. Some Simple Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
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  4. Congruences and the Like

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      Pages 109-109
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  5. Cryptography and Divisors

    1. Front Matter
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About this book


"Number Theory in Science and Communication" is a well-known introduction for non-mathematicians to this fascinating and useful branch of applied mathematics . It stresses intuitive understanding rather than abstract theory and highlights important concepts such as continued fractions, the golden ratio, quadratic residues and Chinese remainders, trapdoor functions, pseudoprimes and primitive elements. Their applications to problems in the real world are one of the main themes of the book. This revised fifth edition is augmented by recent advances in coding theory, permutations and derangements and a chapter in quantum cryptography.

From reviews of earlier editions –

"I continue to find [Schroeder’s] Number Theory a goldmine of valuable information. It is a marvellous book, in touch with the most recent applications of number theory and written with great clarity and humor.’ Philip Morrison (Scientific American)

"A light-hearted and readable volume with a wide range of applications to which the author has been a productive contributor – useful mathematics outside the formalities of theorem and proof." Martin Gardner


DES Galois field Number theory Prime algorithms coding coding theory communication cryptography information

Authors and affiliations

  • Manfred Schroeder
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  1. 1.Universität Göttingen Inst Physik IIIGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-85297-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-85298-8
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