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 Gdel and Turing, The Advent of the Algorithm is an epic tale told with clarity and imaginative brilliance.
There is very little that we do these days that doesn't involve computers, the cloud, or some other hard-to-understand technology. And, of course, all that is made possible by the even-more-complex concept of algorithms. In The Advent of the Algorithm, philosopher and author David Berlinksi takes an in-depth look at the philosophies and sciences that led to the development of one of the central forces behind virtually everything we do on the computer. Told in a smart yet easy-to-follow manner, with an engaging performance from Audible veteran Dennis Holland, this is a must-listen for anyone interested in the complex science behind some of our most basic, everyday habits.
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