Poems That Solve Puzzles

The History and Science of Algorithms
Oxford University Press
  • erschienen am 30. August 2020
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  • 352 Seiten
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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.
  • Englisch
  • Oxford
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  • Großbritannien
  • 1,81 MB
978-0-19-259540-9 (9780192595409)
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Chris Bleakley has thirty-five years of experience in algorithm design. He has taught and written on the subject for the last sixteen of those years. As a school kid, Chris taught himself how to program on a cheap home computer. Within two years, he was selling his own computer programs by mail-order to customers throughout the UK. Chris graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science from Queen's University, Belfast, and a PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from Dublin City University. After college, he was employed as a software consultant by Accenture and, later, as a senior telecommunications researcher at Broadcom Eireann Research.
  • Cover
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • About the Author
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • The Trainee Librarian
  • The Algorithm Machine
  • 1 Ancient Algorithms
  • Etched in Clay
  • Uncovered at Last
  • Elegance and Beauty
  • Finding Primes
  • 2 Ever-Expanding Circles
  • Wheels Within Wheels
  • World Records
  • The Art of Reckoning
  • Waves Upon Waves
  • 3 Computer Dreams
  • A Clockwork Computer
  • The Turing Machine
  • 4 Weather Forecasts
  • Numerical Forecasts
  • Monte Carlo
  • Computer Forecasts
  • Chaos
  • Long-Range Forecasts
  • 5 Artificial Intelligence Emerges
  • More Than Math
  • The Trouble with AI
  • Machine Reasoning
  • Machine Learning
  • The AI Winters
  • 6 Needles in Haystacks
  • The Travelling Salesman Problem
  • Measuring Complexity
  • Complexity Classes
  • Short Cuts
  • Stable Marriages
  • Artificial Evolution
  • 7 The Internet
  • Internetworking
  • Fixing Errors
  • Secret Messages
  • 8 Googling theWeb
  • World Wide Web
  • Amazon Recommends
  • GoogleWeb Search
  • The Dotcom Bubble
  • 9 Facebook and Friends
  • Facebook's News Feed
  • The Netflix Prize
  • Google Flu Trends
  • 10 America's Favourite Quiz Show
  • Watson's Secret Recipe
  • 11 Mimicking the Brain
  • Brain Cells
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • How to Train a Brain
  • Recognizing Digits
  • Deep Learning
  • The Tsunami
  • 12 Superhuman Intelligence
  • The Match
  • TheWinning Move
  • DeepMind
  • 13 Next Steps
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Bitcoin
  • Blockchain
  • Who Is Nakamoto?
  • Quantum Computers
  • Not The End
  • Appendix
  • PageRank Algorithm
  • Artificial Neural Network Training
  • Bitcoin Algorithm
  • Shor's Algorithm
  • Notes
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Ancient Algorithms
  • Chapter 2 Ever-Expanding Circles
  • Chapter 3 Computer Dreams
  • Chapter 4 Weather Forecasts
  • Chapter 5 Artificial Intelligence Emerges
  • Chapter 6 Needles in Haystacks
  • Chapter 7 The Internet
  • Chapter 8 Googling theWeb
  • Chapter 9 Facebook and Friends
  • Chapter 10 America's Favourite Quiz Show
  • Chapter 11 Mimicking the Brain
  • Chapter 13 Next Steps
  • Permissions
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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