Computer science

August 24, 2008 at 6:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

People often equate computers with computer science, as if they are about the same things.

I disagree. . .

You can’t say computers is about computer science any more than you can say astronomy is about telescopes or geometry is about sextants. Computers are merely the tools we use to manipulate abstract concepts like, say, recursion or numbers. And even if these computational processes don’t hold any physical form per se, they are REAL nonetheless and they have an effect on the physical real world. Computatinal processes perform intellectual work, provide answers, and give timely information. It can dispense money at a atm or control a robotic arm.

Computer science has more in common with wizardry than with quote-unquote “science”. Computer programs are a hacker’s “magic spells”

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