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  - 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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User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

Great whimsical & slightly verbose book, especially if you like computers and math. This book will cause your mind to work, you will not get much out of it if you aren't willing to really think. They book does a pretty good job of appealing to layman...but only if the layman knows math. ;-) 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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