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The Remarkable Story Behind The Most Important Algorithm Of All Time | Veritasium

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updated 01 Aug 2023

The video discusses the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), a crucial algorithm used in signal processing, and its impact on various fields, including radar, sonar, and wireless technology. It explores how the discovery of the FFT, while trying to detect nuclear weapons tests, could have potentially prevented the nuclear arms race if adopted earlier. The FFT's efficient computation and widespread application make it one of the most important algorithms of all time.

The Remarkable Story Behind The Most Important Algorithm Of All Time | Veritasium

The quick history of the Fast Fourier Transform

Note: The transcript also includes historical references, technical explanations of Fourier Transforms, and anecdotes about Gauss's early discovery of the FFT.

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