Surprising Computer Science

author: Tim Bell, College of Engineering, University of Canterbury
published: Oct. 10, 2015,   recorded: September 2015,   views: 4291


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Much of what we can do with Computer Science seems like magic, such as searching billions of items in a fraction of a second, or decrypting a secure message without needing to know the key that was used to encrypt it. Other parts are surprising - surely given a fast enough computer we can find the optimal solution to a problem? This talk investigates magical and paradoxical ideas in computer science, and how it relates to Computer Science education.

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