"A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public-Key Cryptosystems"
After a brief hiatus, Papers We Love Columbus is back with this 1978 paper which introduced RSA encryption to the world, and thus fulfilled the vision set forth in "New Directions in Cryptography," a paper by Diffie and Hellman that we read last year.
You can get the paper here: https://people.csail.mit.edu/rivest/Rsapaper.pdf
As a reminder, reading the paper in advance is optional but recommended.
We will also discuss what our next book or paper should be.