Old Digital Literacy

Tuesdays 13:00 - 13:45, baumhaus.digital/odl

daniel@udk-berlin.de

Session 4 :: Between Renaissance and Age of Reason

- Repetitio :: Between Antiquity and Rennaissance
- Narratio :: Wheat and chessboard legend
- Questio :: What is an algorithm ?
- Lectio :: Between renaissance and Age of Reason
- Descartes & Pascal
- Leibniz

- Exercitio :: Binary counting.

What is an algorithm ?

- algorithm (n.)

...

- a procedure for solving a mathematical problem in a finite number of steps that frequently involves repetition of an operation
- a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end

Name some examples of an algorithm.

- polymath
- at 23-years of age, his dreams pose him in front of a question:
*Quod vitae sectabor iter?* - establishement of scientific method (based on "doubitatio")
- "Cogito ergo sum", mind-body dualism
- cartesian coordinate system, analytic geometry ...

and much, much more...

- polymath
- in 19years of age started to build first mechanical calculators ("Pascalines")
- ground-breaking works in mathematics (Pascal's triangle), geometry (Pascal's theorem), physics (Pascal's law), theology (Pascal's wager)
- develops first public transport in the world
- dies young, last words: "Puisse Dieu ne jamais m'abandonner"

Death mask of Blaise Pascal

- one of the last big polymaths
- advanced disciplines of philosophy (monadology, theodicea, why is there something rather than nothing?), mathematics (probability theory, calculus), biology, medicine, geology, psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, politics, law, ethics, theology, history, philology, library science

- presented to Royal Society on 1st February 1673
- could add, subtract, multiply and divide
- "the core component is a so-called "Leibniz wheel"

http://baumhaus.digital/odl/Leibniz.pdf

Please read :: from letter of Leibniz to Duke of Braunschweig (1697)

TO BE CONTINUED WITH

http://baumhaus.digital/odl/steampunk

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