Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms (Hardback)
  • Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms (Hardback)

Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms (Hardback)

Hardback 288 Pages
Published: 31/08/2020
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Algorithms are the hidden methods that computers apply to process information and make decisions. Nowadays, our lives are run by algorithms. They determine what news we see. They influence which products we buy. They suggest our dating partners. They may even be determining the outcome of national elections. They are creating, and destroying, entire industries. Despite mounting concerns, few know what algorithms are, how they work, or who created them. Poems that Solve Puzzles tells the story of algorithms from their ancient origins to the present day and beyond. The book introduces readers to the inventors and inspirational events behind the genesis of the world's most important algorithms. Professor Chris Bleakley recounts tales of ancient lost inscriptions, Victorian steam-driven contraptions, top secret military projects, penniless academics, hippy dreamers, tech billionaires, superhuman artificial intelligences, cryptocurrencies, and quantum computing. Along the way, the book explains, with the aid of clear examples and illustrations, how the most influential algorithms work. Compelling and impactful, Poems that Solve Puzzles tells the story of how algorithms came to revolutionise our world.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198853732
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 504 g
Dimensions: 221 x 147 x 22 mm

Poems that Solve Puzzles is a thorough investigation into the history of algorithms...It is an enjoyable read for anyone curious about how algorithms developed and were implemented throughout history.' * Notices of the American Mathematical Society *
Poems that Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms is an informative and entertaining book. It is appropriate for a wide swath of readers, from people who are interested in learning about what "blockchain" is without having to do any math to students and instructors in the mathematical sciences who need more examples of how these academic topics make important contributions to the technologically complex world we live in. * Ron Buckmire, Occidental College, Mathematical Association of America *

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