Stanford Engineering Hero Lecture: Martin Hellman
NOTE: The in-person event has reached capacity and registration is now closed. We invite you to join us via Live Webcast* hosted by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD).
*Alumni: Please note that your Alumni Association username and password will not work to log into the SCPD website, since SCPD is a separate entity. Please follow the instructions at the SCPD website for webcast registration and login.
The Wisdom of Foolishness
When Martin Hellman started working in cryptography in the early 1970s, his colleagues told him he was crazy to do so; he couldn’t possibly compete with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its enormous budget. He was also warned that if he did succeed in accomplishing something significant, the NSA would classify it. Those arguments had validity, Hellman says, but the co-inventor of public key cryptography thinks it was wise to take on that “fool’s errand.” This talk explores several such “tiltings at windmills” that turned out well.
Last modified Thu, 24 Jan, 2013 at 9:18