Publisher: Il Mulino Societa’ Editrice
Algorithms are used with computers, and many of us feel that that is all we need to know. We can define algorithms as procedures or programmes, specifying a set of instructions to solve given problems. They have accompanied us since the dawn of civilization, helping us face small and large challenges, and revealed themselves to be extremely useful tools, especially today in conjunction with the power of computers. Even though they often fail, sometimes even their malfunctions prove helpful and unexpectedly contribute to our well-being. Algorithms’ merits are many and diverse, and the curiosity they arouse is satisfied by this informative and entertaining book.
Carlo Toffalori teaches Mathematical Logic at the University of Camerino. Since 2005 he has been the president of the Italian Association of Logic and Its Applications.