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Google's PageRank and Beyond by Carl D. Meyer, Amy N. Langville

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Chapter Four

The Mathematics of Google’s PageRank

The famous and colorful mathematician Paul Erdos (1913–96) talked about The Great Book, a make-believe book in which he imagined God kept the world’s most elegant and beautiful proofs. In 2002, Graham Farmelo of London’s Science Museum edited and contributed to a similar book, a book of beautiful equations. It Must Be Beautiful: Great Equations of Modern Science [73] is a collection of 11 essays about the greatest scientific equations, equations like E = hf and E = mc2. The contributing authors were invited to give their answers to the tough question of what makes an equation great. One author, ...

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