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Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms

Chris Bleakley


Algorithms are the hidden methods that computers apply to process information and make decisions. The book tells the story of algorithms from their ancient origins to the present day and beyond. The book introduces readers to the inventors and events behind the genesis of the world’s most important algorithms. Along the way, it explains, with the aid of examples and illustrations, how the most influential algorithms work. The first algorithms were invented in Mesopotamia 4,000 years ago. The ancient Greeks refined the concept, creating algorithms for finding prime numbers and enumerating Pi. A ... More

Keywords: algorithm, computer, history, inventor, computer science, mathematics, artificial intelligence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198853732
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198853732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Bleakley, author
Head of School of Computer Science, University College Dublin