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

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Harcourt, 2001 - Computers - 345 pages
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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 with Leibniz and culminating in the middle of the twentieth century with the groundbreaking work of Gödel and Turing, The Advent of the Algorithm is an epic tale told with clarity and imaginative brilliance.

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

User Review  - Alex Flynn - Goodreads

This book falls somewhere between an okay math text and an okay historical text. It isn't great at either. It suffers from excessive use of metaphors and bathetic prose. I found it very difficult to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

A good book, but requires an extensive math background in order to really get something out of it. Read full review

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David Berlinski is the author of three novels and four works of nonfiction, most recently the bestselling A Tour of the Calculus. Berlinski received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is a regular contributor to Commentary and Forbes ASAP. He lives in Paris.

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