Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

The Algebraic Revolution: Solving for Chocolate

Nigel Boston was featured alongside Rob Nowak from WID on how algebra is being applied to countless problems, such as how Netflix uses algebra to help identify suggestions that a user might enjoy.  

"The idea of algebra is very clean. Communications, coding theory, and cryptography use a lot of algebra; more and more, computer scientists and engineers are having to learn some algebra. But there are so many other applications – we could be at the start of some movement” says Boston.


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