Mathematics can make you a better person. Well, not really. It can, however, help you think about programming. This talk provides a very quick introduction to a branch of mathematics called 'general algebra' and looks at how it can apply to programming. We then take a real world programming challenge and solve it algebraically, then convert that algebraic solution into working code. By the end you'll be left feeling confused, perhaps a little angry, almost certainly a little bored. But without even noticing anything has changed you'll soon start to look at difficult software problems and see past the superficial complexity to get a better understanding of the underlying structures at play. And you'll be a better person for it.
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A computer programmer by day, by night I am transformed into…someone who programmes computers. Sometimes I take a break from all of this computer programming to think about how programming really works, or what computation really is. I once met a giant weetabix. My life is pretty rad.