# algorithm

## A Quote by David Berlinski on leibniz, algorithm, symbol, and mind

Leibniz endeavored to provide an account of inference and judgment involving the mechanical play of symbols and very little else. The checklists that result are the first of humanity's intellectual artifacts. They express, they explain, and so they ratify a power of the mind. And, of course, they are artifacts in the process of becoming algorithms.

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: 19..20

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## A Quote by David Berlinski on math and algorithm

The world the algorithm makes possible is retrograde in its nature to the world of mathematical physics. Its fundamental theoretical objects are *symbols*, and not muons, gluons, quarks, or space and time fused into a pliant knot. Algorithms are human artifacts. They belong to the world of memory and meaning, desire and design.

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: xvii

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## A Quote by David Berlinski on math, algorithm, calculation, definition, thought, matter, and computer

More than sixty years ago, mathematical logicians, by defining precisely the concept of an algorithm, gave content to the ancient human idea of an effective calculation. Their definitions led to the creation of the digital computer, an interesting example of thought bending matter to its ends.

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: xi

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## A Quote by David Berlinski on mind, matter, machine, algorithm, intelligence, computer, software, and human

Every computer divides itself into its hardware and its software, the machine host to its algorithm, the human being to his mind. It is hardly surprising that men and women have done what computers now do long before computers could do anything at all. The dissociation between mind and matter in men and machines is very striking; it suggests that almost any stable and reliable organization of material objects can execute an algorithm and so come to command some form of intelligence.

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: xii

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