[Edu-sig] Linuxfest and iPython
sandysj at juno.com
Fri Apr 23 16:48:39 EDT 2004
Thanks, Kirby, for giving your presentation at Linuxfest.
One thing Kirby mentioned in his post that I found real
interesting is how to slowly build a class in IDLE.
I would use a notepad, cut and paste each modified class.
What Kirby did is store the class with each instance:
self.Q = Q.__class__
then is later versions he would use self.Q instead of Q
to create the new objects:
Of course I am leaving a lot of stuff out here, see his
slides for the example.
The other thing that Kirby mentioned is that high school
students should be able to understand the RSA algorithm.
Until last year I would have thought that was extreme,
but then I read, _In Code: A young woman's Mathematical
Journey_ by Sarah Flannery. This is a wonderful book
for anyone interested in math. The book is divided into
three parts; the first part is her childhood experiences
of the math puzzles that her father would put up on the
caulk board in their kitchen, then she discusses modulus
math, the RSA algorithm and another encryption algorithm
she helped develop as a summer intern, the third part is
her journey as the winner of the Ireland young scientist
contest and the following contests and presentations
around the world.
The book has a clear and understandable explanation of
the RSA algorithm along with the Mathematica code she
used. The book should be an inspiration to all,
especially to young women with an inclination to math,
who would rather be playing "football" and ride horses,
as the author, high schooler Sarah Flannery, would.
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