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ALGOL, or Algorithmic Language, is a family of imperative programming languages originally developed in the late 1950s. With its roots in mathematics and logic, ALGOL was designed to facilitate the expression of algorithms. The first version, ALGOL 58, provided a major step towards formal language descriptions and was used as a model for other high-level programming languages that followed. ALGOL's most famous descendant is probably Pascal, which was designed by Niklaus Wirth in the later part of the 1970s.

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