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Albrecht Heeffer [1]

Albrecht Heeffer,
a Belgian electrical engineer, philosopher and researcher with interests in the history of algebra [2], computational models for scientific discovery, recreational mathematics, and further in chess, computer chess and shogi. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Ghent University in 2006 on the topic of emergence of symbolic algebra during the sixteenth century [3], and is post-doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and member of the Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science [4] at Ghent University. In 1984, during a three month visit of the Turing Institute in Glasgow, Albrecht Heeffer worked on automated acquisition on concepts for the description of middlegame positions in chess [5], supported by Donald Michie, John Roycroft, and Tim Niblett [6].

Albrecht Heeffer was member of the Bionic Impakt team with Hans Secelle, and provided the hardware, worked through the test sets, added the endgame databases and did some optimizations [7], while they later joined the Ant team around Tom Vijlbrief.



Albrecht Heeffer, Mathias Feist and Frans Morsch, ICT 2001 [8], round 5, Ant - Fritz [9]


Boris Spassky, Yoshiharu Habu, Albrecht Heeffer, Paris May 23, 2002 [10]

Selected Publications

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External Links

First Conference on Mathematical Cultures, September 10-12, 2012 at De Morgan House, London


  1. Albrecht Heeffer | Sarton Centre for History of Science
  2. Sources in the history of algebra by Albrecht Heeffer
  3. Albrecht Heeffer (2006). Van precepten tot vergelijkingen: de conceptuele ontwikkeling van de symbolische algebra in de zestiende eeuw. Ph. D. thesis, Universiteit Gent
  4. Members | Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science
  5. Albrecht Heeffer (1984). Automated Acquisition on Concepts for the Description of Middle-game Positions in Chess. Turing Institute, Glasgow, Scotland, TIRM-85-005
  6. Albrecht Heeffer (1985). Validating Concepts from Automated Acquisition Systems. IJCAI 85, pdf, This work was carried out during a three month visit at the Turing Institute. Financial support was provided by the Belgian NFWO and the ICIWO. I would like to express my thank s to Prof. F. Vandamme of the University of Ghent, and to Prof. Donald Michie, Mr John Roycroft and Dr Tim Niblett of the Turing Institute, for their helpful suggestions
  7. Re: Bionic Vs Crafty Debate: some data required by Albrecht Heeffer, CCC, January 25, 1999 » Crafty
  8. Leiden 2001 by László Szalai
  9. ICT Leiden 2001 - download
  10. Albrecht Heeffer - My game against Habu
  11. Preprints from 1995 on
  12. Albrecht Heeffer - Publications
  13. dblp: Albrecht Heeffer
  14. Johannes Kepler from Wikipedia
  15. Mastermind (board game) from Wikipedia
  16. Luca Pacioli from Wikipedia
  17. Estienne de la Roche from Wikipedia
  18. Nicolas Chuquet from Wikipedia
  19. Regiomontanus from Wikipedia
  20. Knowledge extraction from Wikipedia
  21. Emperor Meiji from Wikipedia
  22. Sangaku from Wikipedia
  23. Gerolamo Cardano from Wikipedia
  24. Sybrandt Hansz. Cardinael - (Dutch)

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