Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers

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CONTENTS
Forewordix
1.Introduction: What Are the Extraordinary Ideas Computers Use Every Day?1
2.Search Engine Indexing: Finding Needles in the World’s Biggest Haystack10
3.PageRank: The Technology That Launched Google24
4.Public Key Cryptography: Sending Secrets on a Postcard38
5.Error-Correcting Codes: Mistakes That Fix Themselves60
6.Pattern Recognition: Learning from Experience80
7.Data Compression: Something for Nothing105
8.Databases: The Quest for Consistency122
9.Digital Signatures: Who Really Wrote This Software?149
10.What Is Computable?174
11.Conclusion: More Genius at Your Fingertips?199
Acknowledgments205
Sources and Further Reading207
Index211

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