Love and Math, by Edward Frenkel, is reviewed in tomorrow's NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/books/review/love-and-math-by-edward-frenkel.html Excerpt: "Frenkel believes math deserves to be an integral part of our culture. Why is everyone talking about planets, atoms and DNA and not symmetry groups? For one thing, you cant get cancer from a mutation of a symmetry group. But Frenkel writes that math 'directs the flow of the universe.' Its as elegant as music and as much a part of our intellectual heritage as literature. He strives to awaken our wonder by taking us on an equation-packed tour of his research, in which he reveals a hidden world few of us encountered in school." Returning to Whit Diffie musing on what led to his discovery or invention of public key cryptography -- found in what might be termed a hidden world of mathematics -- there may be still hidden mathematical forms of communication that does not rely upon technology's inevitable comsec failure. The NSA global invasion appears almost wholly based on the failure of technology rather than mathematics, as our esteemed cryptographers remind. Much of the current tweaking and further invention appear driven by technology, code, engineering, politics, law and polemics, again not mathematics. No wonder, that, for math is beyond grasp of those who believe the non-mathematical is too hard to see, hear, smell, touch, write, understand, market and melodramatically induce media delirium by way of officially-hostile and unauthorized disclosures. Whither the NSA bountiful mathematicians in protecting its family jewels of invasive technology? Stuck in crypto labs musing like Diffies in manifold hideways? Frenkel's linking of love and mathematics is worth pondering in the face of the megalomania, demogoguery, popularity and profitability of faultly technology, ever breeding abuse, counter abuse, blame and exculpation, feeding the market for official joined to unofficial invasion and combat, collateral damage inevitable.