**Topic :**How the RSA Cipher Works

**Author :**Brian Raiter

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of Gardner's wonderful columns for "Scientific American", and includes the column which was the first widely published description of the RSA cipher -- the one which set the NSA to frantically running around in circles.)

3. Ribenboim, Paulo: "The Little Book of Big Primes", 1991, Springer-Verlag. (The title should actually be "The Little Book of Big Number Theory" -- the book is chock full of theorems and conjectures that relate to prime numbers.)

4. Wells, David: "The Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Numbers", 1986, Penguin Books. (I had to pull this out at the last minute to find out how many digits were in 9^(9^9). For the curious whose libraries lack this little gem, the exact number of digits is 369693100.)

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