Sunday, August 04, 2013

Computer Science amid Others

CS among other sciences:

  • I remember a conversation with Juris Hartmanis a long time ago in which he described the early days of Computer Science.   He and others had to argue that CS was of fundamental interest, that CS was not lesser Math and that some of the central Math questions were central in CS and vice versa, with techniques that went back and forth. They had to take these arguments to Mathematicians. 
  • And a few days ago, Prabhakar Raghavan and Christos Papadimitriou told me an anecdote that had to do with their travails taking these arguments to Physicists. 
I am sure there are others I do not know about, who defended CS theory as one of fundamental interest and taken the arguments to Economists, Biologists, and others. Thank You!


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