- Calling something science, engineering, art, or business is not an insult or a compliment.
- A topic is a science if it has a lab where there is the potential for danger. Physics has radiation, Chemistry has explotions, Biology has germs. So they are sciences. Neither Math nor Computer Science has those.
- Hence, asking if Richard Stallman is a computer scientist is not really a question. So perhaps we need a different term. `Computer Programmer' is a fine term and we know what it means. How about if we call ourselves `Computer non-programmers'? Depends if you consider LaTeX a programming language (it is Turing-Complete).
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Is Computer Science a Science?
Is Mathematics a Science? Is Computer Science a Science (hmmm- it has to be, its in the name :-) )? Is Richard Stallman a computer scientist? How about Bill Gates? How about my wife who has a job programming? For a serious discussion of some of these issues see an blog of Lance's For a less serious discussion, I offer the following thoughts.