Algorithms: Main Ideas and Applications

Algorithms: Main Ideas and Applications

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Today the notion of the algorithm is familiar not only to mathematicians. It forms a conceptual base for information processing; the existence of a corresponding algorithm makes automatic information processing possible. The theory of algorithms (together with mathematical logic ) forms the the- oretical basis for modern computer science (see [Sem Us 86]; this article is called "Mathematical Logic in Computer Science and Computing Practice" and in its title mathematical logic is understood in a broad sense including the theory of algorithms). However, not everyone realizes that the word "algorithm" includes a transformed toponym Khorezm. Algorithms were named after a great sci- entist of medieval East, is al-Khwarizmi (where al-Khwarizmi means "from Khorezm"). He lived between c. 783 and 850 B.C. and the year 1983 was chosen to celebrate his 1200th birthday. A short biography of al-Khwarizmi compiled in the tenth century starts as follows: "al-Khwarizmi. His name is Muhammad ibn Musa, he is from Khoresm" (cited according to [Bul Rozen Ah 83, p.8]).
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  • Hardback | 270 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 544.32g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1993 ed.
  • XII, 270 p.
  • 079232210X
  • 9780792322108

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. Notation and Terminology. Part I: Fundamental Discoveries of the General Theory of Algorithms. Part II: Mathematical Applications of the Theory of Algorithms. Appendix: Probabilistic Algorithms (How the Use of Randomness makes Computations Shorter). References. Subject Index. Author Index.
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