From Euclid to Java

Title: From Euclid to Java
Author: Ricardo Peña Marí
ISBN: 9788496566149
Review: Our history is as old of humanity itself, as even back in ancient Mesopotamia algorithms were used to describe certain calculations related to commercial transactions. These algorithms together with mathematic development have always gone hand in hand. In the 17th century first mechanic tools for calculation appeared as desktop calculators, and in the 19th century first program-controlled machines were designed. However early computers, as we know them, date from the mid-20th century. From that point, algorithms reached an unprecedented level of development. This work reviews the trajectory of algorithms, focusing on more recent times. At some point, approximately around 1960, the book’s emphasis goes on to describe programming languages, which is the appropriate tool for communicate algorithms to machines that have to run them.

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