Last night, I watched a cool documentary on algorithms, The Secret Rules of Modern Life: Algorithms. It’s available on Netflix. If you’re a new student to computer science, you’ll definitely want to watch this documentary. Marcus du Sautoy introduces, explores, and explains algorithms in everyday language. It’s best to watch this documentary before forcing yourself to study CLRS’ Algorithms–an inevitable text for anyone considering to become a computer scientist.
If you don’t have Netflix, it’s also on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9HjeFD62Uk
Did I learn anything? Yeah. Honestly, you could treat this documentary like an introductory textbook. Which is what I will be doing. Like right now, I can tell you that the most important contribution this documentary will make to your computer science education is to compare and contrast bubble sort, merge sort, heap sort, pigeonhole sort, and why we’re still searching for an algorithm to the traveling salesman problem.
Another cool thing about this documentary is meeting all the world renowned computer scientists through interviews. I think the next time I watch it, maybe sometime this coming week, I’d like to make a list of all the people interviewed. Then, I would look up each scientist on Amazon to see what books they’ve written.
In my next post, I am going to write about resumes for computer science. I follow a Facebook Group called HH Resumes, where students and pros share their resumes to be critiqued, and I have noticed that a lot of us really don’t know how to write a resume. I’m not going to write a DOs & Donts post, what I am thinking of creating is a post with all the resources that can help us learn to write better resumes.
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