# Mathematical Conversations

**Topic: **Cohomology and cryptography

**Date & Time: **Friday October 6th, 2017, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Weil pairing is a bilinear form associated to an algebraic curve. I will tell you about it and why it is interesting to cryptographers. Then I'll talk about my (completely unsuccessful) attempts to make an interesting trilinear analogue.

**Speaker: **Akshay Venkatesh

**Affiliation: **Stanford University; Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Mathematics

**Location: **White-Levy Room