Monday, January 9, 2012

Zombie 6.001 starts tomorrow!

The student-run revival of MIT's famous intro CS class starts tomorrow! 6.001 and its text SICP had a singular influence on the teaching of introductions to computer science — not to be confused with intro to programming, worthwhile though that subject may be. After the unfortunate demise of 6.001 at MIT, some former TAs reanimated the class as an intense four-week experience. As their description says:

Zombie-like, 6.001 rises from the dead to threaten students again. Unlike a zombie, though, it's moving quite a bit faster than it did the first time. Like the original, don't walk into the class expecting that it will teach you Scheme; instead, it attempts to teach thought patterns for computer science, and the structure and interpretation of computer programs. Three projects will be assigned and graded. Prereq: some programming experience; high confusion threshold.

I'm helping teach it this year, and it should be a lot of fun. You can follow along online or if you're in the area, come to lectures Tuesdays and Thursdays, 19:00 to 21:00 in 32-044 (that's MIT building 32, room 044).

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