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Old 06-19-2007, 04:49 PM   #1
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Smile Recursion and its culture

Hallo! The thing is that I have a teacher in college who is compiting for a teacher's place in the faculty and in the contest a guy from the jury asked him "who invented the recursion concept in general? (for mathematics and computer sciences)" So he asked it to me and I got so if anyone knows please! cuz' it doesn't seem to appear anywhere!!!!

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Old 06-19-2007, 04:57 PM   #2
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i'll guess isaac newton. if not him, then probably one of those crazy greeks, like zeno or pythagorus or someone.
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Giuseppe Peano?
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Numerical algorithms are at least as old as the Egyptian Rhind papyrus (c. 1650 BC), which describes a root-finding method for solving a simple equation. Ancient Greek mathematicians made many further advancements in numerical methods. In particular, Eudoxus of Cnidus (c. 400350 BC) created and Archimedes (c. 285212/211 BC) perfected the method of exhaustion for calculating lengths, areas, and volumes...


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