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A talk given on linear programming, a mathematical technique that has enjoyed a flourishing growth since 1947, both in theory and in application. The paper discusses the role of linear programming in solving the optimal diet problem, the theory of linear systems, theories relating to the computational aspect of linear programming and some linear programming applications.

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