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What's an algorithm? - David J. Malan


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An algorithm is a method of solving problems both big and small. Though computers run algorithms constantly, humans can also solve problems with algorithms. David J. Malan explains how algorithms can be used in seemingly simple situations and also complex ones.

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Meet The Creators

  • Composer Bart de Jong (of Men of Mega), Jasper ten Kleij (of Men of Mega)
  • Educator David J. Malan
  • Director Joyce Stenneke
  • Narrator David J. Malan

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