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Advent of the Algorithm The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer

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ISBN-10: 0156013916

ISBN-13: 9780156013918

Edition: 2000 (Reprint)

Authors: David Berlinski

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Simply put, an algorithm is a set of instructions-it's the code that makes computers run. A basic idea that proved elusive for hundreds of years and bent the minds of the greatest thinkers in the world, the algorithm is what made the modern world possible. Without the algorithm, there would have been no computer, no Internet, no virtual reality, no e-mail, or any other technological advance that we rely on every day. In The Advent of the Algorithm, David Berlinski combines science, history, and math to explain and explore the intriguing story of how the algorithm was finally discovered by a succession of mathematicians and logicians, and how this paved the way for the digital age. Beginning…    
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Book details

List price: $20.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface: The Digital Bureaucrat
Introduction: The Jeweler's Velvet
The Marketplace of Schemes
Under the Eye of Doubt
Bruno the Fastidious
Cargoload and Crack-Up
Hilbert Takes Command
Godel in Vienna
The Dangerous Discipline
Flight into Abstraction
The Imaginary Machine
Postscript
The Peacock of Reason
Time Against Time
An Artifact of Mind
A World of Many Gods
The Cross of Words
Epilogue: The Idea of Order at Key West
Acknowledgments
Index