# Talk:Algorithm

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e · h · w · r  To-do: Cleanup the article. -- moved to section in talk page -- Rewrite the history section Ancient algorithms (Babylonians, Euclid, Sieve) Formalization -- done -- (Godel's and Herbrand's λ-calculus (cf footnote in Church's paper, p. 90 in Undecidable ), Church's theorem (1936) (p. 88ff in Undecidable), Post's "process" (1936) (p. 289ff in Undecidable), Turing's machine (1936-1937) (p. 116ff in Undecidable), J.B. Rosser's definition of "effective method" in terms of "a machine" (1939)(on p. 225-226 in Undecidable), Kleene proposing the "Church-Turing thesis" based on the papers of Church and Turing cited here (1943) (p. 273-274 in Undecidable)

## On the introduction

I think that in this article basics should be included for beginners.Link:logarithms,Euclidean vectors

## "Most algorithms are intended to be implemented as computer programs."

"Most algorithms are intended to be implemented as computer programs. However, algorithms are also implemented by other means, such as in a biological neural network (for example, the human brain implementing arithmetic or an insect looking for food), in an electrical circuit, or in a mechanical device."

Where is the evidence for this? This sounds like a view of a computationalist. Yoga Conflagration (talk) 19:36, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

Can you suggest a rewrite? E.g. "The most common algorithms are hand-calculations for [arguably, source?] common arithmetic computations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, square-root and exponentiation. Algorithms are implemented as computer programs [source? See the Bohm-Jacopini theorem ] and by other means, such as computer programs, biological neural networks (for example, the human brain implementing arithmetic or an insect looking for food), and [combinatorial and sequential] electrical circuits , or a mechanical device ." Bill Wvbailey (talk) 23:45, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

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