Ist Informatik eine Wissenschaft?
Electrical engineers designed and built
the first electronic computers without
knowing any computer science—CS did
not exist at the time. Their goal was to
harness the movement of electrons in
circuits to perform logical operations
and numerical calculations. Programs
controlled the circuits by opening and
closing gates. Later scientists and mathematicians
brought rigorous formal and
experimental methods to computing.
To find out what works and what does
not, engineers tinker and scientists test
hypotheses. In much of computing the
engineering has preceded the science.
However, both engineers and scientists
contribute to a vibrant computing profession:
they need each other.Von Peter J. Denning, Matti Tedre, Pat Yongpradit im Text Misconceptions About Computer Science (2017)
Von Bill Gates im Buch Faszination Programmieren (1987) im Text Bill Gates
It will be. See, it's such a new thing. People used to get Ph.D. theses for doing work that we now expect programmers to do as part of their jobs. Computer science is developing very quickly, but unlike math, where they've had 300 years of geniuses developing mathematical theory, we just have our 20 or so years of the people who decided to get involved. Really brilliant people are getting involved and contributing; programming is much more of a mainstream activity now. The fact that people are getting exposed to computers at such young ages now will help change the thinking in the field. A lot of great programmers programmed when they were in their teens, when the way you think about things is perhaps more flexible. In the past, it wasn't considered enough just to be a wonderful programmer; you had to manage people or go do other things. Fortunately, that's changing. Now people realize that it's a science that is worth sticking to and teaching other people.
- Faszination Programmieren - Interviews mit neunzehn führenden PC-Programmierern (Susan Lammers) (1987)
- Computing as a Discipline (Peter Denning, D. E. Comer, David Gries, Michael C. Mulder, Allen Tucker, A. Joe Turner, Paul R. Young) (1989)
- informatik@gymnasium - Ein Entwurf für die Schweiz (Jürg Kohlas, Jürg Schmid, Carl August Zehnder) (2013)
- The Science in Computer Science (Peter Denning) (2013)
- Misconceptions About Computer Science (Peter J. Denning, Matti Tedre, Pat Yongpradit) (2017)
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