Algorithmic adventures: from knowledge to magic by Juraj Hromkovič

By Juraj Hromkovič

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For instance 112 is the address of Register(112). This corresponds to the image in which the registers are houses on one side of a long street. Each register can save an arbitrarily large number2 . • A special memory in which the whole program is saved. Each row of the program consists of exactly one instruction of the program. The rows are numbered starting at 1. • There is a special register Register(0) that contains the number of the just executed instruction (row) of the program. • A CPU (central processing unit) that is connected to all other parts of the computer.

1) Read into Register(n). To execute this operation means to take the first number of the queue and save it in Register(n). In this way this number is deleted from the queue and the second number of the queue takes over the first position of the queue. 3 What About Computer Algorithms? 1 Consider the situation in which the three numbers 114, −67, and 1 are waiting to be picked up. All registers of the memory contain the value 0, except for Register(0) which contains 3. One has to execute the instruction Read into Register(3) in the third row of the program.

In addition to the applications of randomness in computer science, we discuss in this chapter the fundamental questions about the existence of true randomness and we show how our attitude toward randomness has been changing in the history of science. 30 1 The Development of Computer Science Chapter 7, titled “Cryptography, or How to Transform Weak Points into Advantages”, tells the history of cryptography as the science of secret codes. Here, the reader finds out how cryptography became a serious scientific discipline due to the concepts of algorithmics and complexity theory.

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