Several years ago, a friend of mine in Germany sent me a German 10-mark banknote. It was unusual in that it featured the image and the work of a mathematician.
In the previous issue of Parabola I discussed the derivation of the normal distribution of measurement errors by the famous German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss in 1809. Gauss and the Normal Curve were featured on the front side a German banknote several years ago.
This will be an article about the mathematics of algorithms. An algorithm is a set of rules and instructions used to solve a real-life problem. Often this algorithm will then be run on a computer.