Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Algorithmic journeys

Fascinating video series that I have just begun to watch, entitled Four Algorithmic Journeys. "I. Spoils of the Egyptians: How elementary properties of commutativity and associativity of addition and multiplication led to fundamental algorithmic and mathematical discoveries."

Skip to about 4 minutes in to bypass the academic preliminaries. Stepanov mentions that Thomas Jefferson wanted potential U.Va. students to master Euclid, as an admissions criterion. Fancy that today...