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  • 1. Is Computer Science Science? Daniel Cukier @danicuki
  • 2. The pioneers of your fieldgenuinely believed in the1950s that their new field was science. They were mistaken. There is nocomputer science. Computer art, yes. Computer technology, yes. But no science.
  • 3. Science, engineering, andmathematics combine into aunique and potent blend in our (computers) field.
  • 4. Science Art principles practicefundamental recurrences skilled performance explanation action discovery invention analysis synthesis dissection contruction
  • 5. European synonym for computerscience - informatics - clearly suggests the field is about information processes, not computers.
  • 6. Computer science studiesinformation processes both artificial and natural.
  • 7. Programming, design, software and hardware engineering,building and validating models, and building user interfaces are all “computing arts”.
  • 8. Latour [1] sees science-in-the-making as a messy, political, human process, fraught with emotion and occasional polemics. [1] Latour, B. Science in Action. Harvard University Press, 1987
  • 9. But computer science is going adifferent way. Is is constantly forming relationships with other fields.
  • 10. We don’t test our hypothesis 400 computer science papers 50% models or hypothesis not tested In other fields, 10% are untested
  • 11. ConclusionComputer science is more like an artThe science paradigm has not beenpart of the mainstream perception ofcomputer science. But soon it will be(and this is an untested hypothesis)