Introduction to Algorithms
    General Algorithm History

                 Algorithms were used to solve every day problems long before computers were

ever invented. In fact algorithms have been used for so long they were named for the ninth

century mathematician, Al-Khowarizmi. Algorithms have been used for centuries to solve the

most complex problems that humanity has encountered. One of the most famous algorithms

was imagined in ancient greece. Euclid’s algorithm for calculating the greatest common divisor

of two integers had and still does have impacts in the mathematical world. The importance of

algorithms in today’s society should not be underestimated. The computer, for example, would

have no purpose since almost all programs are written using an algorithmic approach.

A formula or set of steps for solving a particular problem. To be an algorithm, a set of
                 rules must be unambiguous and have a clear stopping point. Algorithms can be expressed
                 in any language, from natural languages like English or French to programming languages
                 like FORTRAN.

                 We use algorithms every day. For example, a recipe for baking a cake is an algorithm.
                Most programs, with the exception of some artificial intelligence applications, consist of
                algorithms. Inventing elegant algorithms — algorithms that are simple and require the fewest
                steps possible — is one of the principal challenges in programming.”


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