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    Is Computer Science Science? Is Computer Science Science? Presentation Transcript

    • Is Computer Science Science? Daniel Cukier @danicuki
    • 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.
    • Science, engineering, andmathematics combine into aunique and potent blend in our (computers) field.
    • Science Art principles practicefundamental recurrences skilled performance explanation action discovery invention analysis synthesis dissection contruction
    • European synonym for computerscience - informatics - clearly suggests the field is about information processes, not computers.
    • Computer science studiesinformation processes both artificial and natural.
    • Programming, design, software and hardware engineering,building and validating models, and building user interfaces are all “computing arts”.
    • 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
    • But computer science is going adifferent way. Is is constantly forming relationships with other fields.
    • We don’t test our hypothesis 400 computer science papers 50% models or hypothesis not tested In other fields, 10% are untested
    • 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)