History
of Algorithms
Nowadays every person
uses the word “Algorithm” as a matter of course, but for the
most the exact definition is a mystery. The intention of this site is
to get into the secrets of this mystery and become acquainted with the
culprits of this nomenclature. The focus is not on the state of the art
implementation of specific algorithms but on interesting stories and the
involved individuals.
Beside the history of the name we will
point out the methodological aspects of algorithmic work and the different
programming techniques. In our investigation we will try to summarize
and to give an impression of the historical dimension of algorithms. The
BabylonianSumerMethod of extracting a root, one of the first documented
examples of mathematical algorithms, and names like “Euklid”
or “alKhwarizmi” will not be secrets any more.
Algorithms have a long history and
the word can be traced back to the 9th century. At this time the Persian
scientist, astronomer and mathematician Abdullah Muhammad bin Musa alKhwarizmi,
often cited as “The father of Algebra”, was indirect responsible
for the creation of the term “Algorithm”. In the 12th century
one of his books was translated into Latin, where his name was rendered
in Latin as “Algorithmi”. But this was not the beginning of
algorithms. Be curious about more…
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