Source: How Algorithm Got Its Name : Image of the Day
One of Khwãrezm’s most famous residents was Muhammad ibn Mūsa al-Khwarizmī, an influential 9th century scholar, astronomer, geographer, and mathematician known especially for his contributions to the study of algebra. Indeed, the latinization of his name, which meant ‘the native of Khwãrezm’ in Persian, gave English the word algorithm. He wrote a book in Arabic about Hindu-Arabic numerals; the Latin translation of the book title was Algoritmi de numero Indorum (in English Al-Khwarizmi on the Hindu Art of Reckoning).
The Latin algoritmi became algorithm in English, leaving us with a word now used to describe everything from the way Google searches the Web to how Facebook determines what articles appear in a news feed.
A rapidly intensifying Nor’easter brought snow, ice, gusty winds, power outages, travel delays, and flooding to millions.
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To suggest that cancelling Israel concert she’s ‘caved into pressure’ does her injustice.
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[À revoir] Sur @Culturebox : La chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi en concert à la Gaîté Lyrique
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We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it
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The UAE-based writer Huzama Habayeb has won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, for a work that highlights the plight of refugees
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About her writing: ““I think it blossomed somewhat unconsciously,” Habayeb says. Writing was a way to get at her feelings of “deprivation, uneasiness, entrenched pain, the shakiness of the land beneath my feet, the vulnerability of the self, my self indeed. And the persistent sense of defeat – especially since I grew up fully aware that I belonged to a homeland that was bequeathed to me in the form of an open wound, bleeding everlastingly.””