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    Hi what work experience/wider reading would I need to do if I want to do a computer science/games developer degree??

    I've tried looking in the library for books related to my subject but all i can find is tutorial books on how to program, nothing to show my interest in the subject
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    (Original post by jarjarbinkss)
    Hi what work experience/wider reading would I need to do if I want to do a computer science/games developer degree??

    I've tried looking in the library for books related to my subject but all i can find is tutorial books on how to program, nothing to show my interest in the subject
    Focus on researching your potential courses. Look into the content of those courses and do wider reading and research online (or through MOOCs/online lectures/TEDtalks/documentaries) on the topics you're likely to be studying.
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    Focus on researching your potential courses. Look into the content of those courses and do wider reading and research online (or through MOOCs/online lectures/TEDtalks/documentaries) on the topics you're likely to be studying.
    thanks for replying, but do you know any specific books??
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    (Original post by jarjarbinkss)
    thanks for replying, but do you know any specific books??
    Books aren't always the best option. What to look into depends what courses you're looking at.
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    (Original post by jarjarbinkss)
    Hi what work experience/wider reading would I need to do if I want to do a computer science/games developer degree??

    I've tried looking in the library for books related to my subject but all i can find is tutorial books on how to program, nothing to show my interest in the subject
    Was the tutorial book an outdated edition by any chance?
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    thanks for replying, but do you know any specific books??
    From the Cambridge Uni Comp Sci Undergrad Prep website http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/freshers/

    My Year 13 daughter (applying for Comp Sci but not at Cambridge) has been through working through some of the exercises in The New Turing Omnibus (also available online as a free PDF).

    General Reading

    The most important preparation is to build up a broad background understanding of issues in computer science. There are a range of useful books.

    An excellent informal collection of accessible and relevant articles is: The new Turing omnibus, A Kee Dewdney, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, ISBN 978-0805071665.

    Remember to try the exercises at the end of each chapter.

    Computational Thinking by Jeannette Wing of Carnegie-Mellon University

    Computer science relies heavily on mathematics, not only for formal proofs but also as the language used to describe almost every aspect of the subject. You will need to be fluent in mathematics and familiar with the ideas of formal proof.

    An excellent introduction is: How to think like a mathematician, Kevin Houston, Cambridge University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-521-71978-0.

    Don't be misled by the title; this book is absolutely relevant for computer scientists. It includes many worked examples and also illustrates common mistakes.

    It is worth keeping up with advances in science more generally. Magazines like Scientific American and New Scientist cover a wide range of topics in an accessible style, and often have articles relating to computer science. Of course, there are also many web sites that carry technical news.
 
 
 
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