Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms

Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms
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  • eBook:
    Poems That Solve Puzzles: The History and Science of Algorithms
  • Author:
    Chris Bleakley
  • Edition:
    1 edition
  • Categories:
  • Data:
    October 31, 2020
  • ISBN:
    0198853734
  • ISBN-13:
    9780198853732
  • Language:
    English
  • Pages:
    288 pages
  • Format:
    PDF

Book Description
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.

Content

1. Ancient Algorithms
2. Ever-Expanding Circles
3. Computer Dreams
4. Weather Forecasts
5. Artificial Intelligence Emerges
6. Needles in Haystacks
7. The Internet
8. Googling theWeb
9. Facebook and Friends
10. America’s Favourite Quiz Show
11. Mimicking the Brain
12. Superhuman Intelligence
13. Next Steps

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