Logical Approaches to Computational Barriers

The algorithm concept - tool for historiographic interpretation or red herring?

Speaker:
| Jens Høyrup |

With Starting point in Donald Knuth's paper "Ancient Babylonian Algorithms", and using the algebraic reading of pre-Modern mathematical texts as a parallel, the paper discusses the relevance of the algorithm concept, on one hand as an analytical tool for the understanding and comparison of mathematical procedures, on the other as a possible key to how pre-Modern reckoners THOUGHT their mathematics and to how they thought ABOUT it.

websites: Arnold Beckmann | 2008-01-17 |