The Advent of the Algorithm: The Idea That Rules the World by David Berlinski soon to be presented for sale on the special BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: New York, San Diego & London: Harcourt, Inc., 2000, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Two ideas lie gleaming on the jewelers velvet. The first is the calculus, the second, the algorithm. Thus begins David Berlinskis new book. The calculus is the idea that made modern science possible. The algorithm, which Berlinski brilliantly limns here, is the idea of an effective procedure that has made the modern world possible.
Following his enormously successful A Tour of the Calculus, The Advent of the Algorithm completes Berlinskis monumental task explaining for the general reader the ideas that have created our world. And while calculus is a subject that has intimidated generations of students, the algorithm is a relatively new idea, virtually unknown except to the computerati.
Now, for the millions of people whose lives are regularly changed, enriched, and regulated by computers, here is the story of the search for and eventual discovery of the algorithm, the set of instructions that drives computers. An idea as simple as the first recipe and as elusive as the quark or the gluon, the algorithm was discovered by a suc-cession of logicians and mathematicians working alone and in obscurity during the first half of the twentieth century. These men are the patriarchs of computers. Their story, so elegantly told, and their discoveries, so clearly explained, make The Advent of the Algorithm the book of Genesis for the computer revolution. Leibniz, Godel, Hilbert, Turing, some of these names you may be familiar with; but after reading The Advent of the Algorithm, you will know these men, understand their genius, and appreciate the theoretical as well as the practical greatness of the algorithm.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Quarter-bound Black on Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XVIII] 345 pages. Index. 9¼” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I woo you with the cream of the crop in my Computing catalogue?