But it was while teaching courses on her beloved algorithms at Cornell University when she had a flash. "I realized that efficient algorithms were fun but not very useful to the world anymore," she says.The reader asks if there any reasonable sense in which that could be true?
While most algorithms developed by theorists have little practical value and will never see code, efficient algorithms play a critical role in any large system, especially at Google. As Henzinger states herself later in the same article:
If you think Google is fast, it's because we have good algorithms.