Quotes about computer science

I think it’s fair to say that many of today’s large computer programs rank among the most complex intellectual achievements of all time. They’re absolutely trivial by comparison with any of the works of God, but still they’re somehow closer to those works than anything else we know.

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I’m convinced that computer science grew so fast and is so vital today because there are people all over the world who have a peculiar way of thinking, a certain way of structuring knowledge in their heads, a mentality that we now associate with a discipline of its own. This mentality isn’t sharply focussed, in the space of all possi... read more

To me, the core of computer science is the study of processes; of descriptions of processes (that is, programs); of descriptions of descriptions of processes (that is, programming languages); of descriptions of descriptions of descriptions of processes (that is, the theory of semantics); and so on.

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Computer science is wonderful, but it isn’t everything.

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Computer science gives us a way to understand what’s going on behind the scenes in all of these cases, which in all of these cases, which in turn can offer us some insight for those times when we are the one stuck making order—with our bills, our papers, our books, our socks, probably more times each day than we realise. By quan... read more

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