In this week’s Under the covers (Nature revealed) blog, which features weekly interviews with the art team at Nature, Art Director Kelly Krause explains the decision behind this week’s front cover choice on Quantum Cryptography.
Can you keep secrets safe from eavesdroppers? Yes you can, say Artur Ekert and Renato Renner. They argue that recent developments in quantum cryptography, coupled with the fact that we still possess free will, suggest that truly private communication will always be possible, even in a world with access to as yet undiscovered code-breaking technologies. The answer lies in new insights into the nature of randomness and non-local correlations. Thus equipped it should be possible to outsmart even the most powerful surveillance procedures. Cover: Andy Potts
From the Art Desk:
Art Director, Kelly Krause, explains:
“When we decided to feature the quantum cryptography piece on the cover I immediately knew the illustrator for the job: the amazing Andy Potts, who created this award-winning, quantum-themed piece for us late last year.
“Andy came back to us with this dynamic cover that brilliantly conveys key concepts in the piece. The illustration features Alice and Bob (stalwarts of cryptography plots everywhere) and some magic coins, all of which are featured in the piece. The use of light, colour and composition is masterly, and helps give a sense of ‘flesh and blood’ to a concept that can be difficult to visualise.”
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