Computer Science Quotes (10 quotes)
Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes, biology is about microscopes or chemistry is about beakers and test tubes. Science is not about tools. It is about how we use them, and what we find out when we do.
Computer science jobs should be way more interesting than even going to Wall Street or being a lawyer--or, I can argue, than anything but perhaps biology, and there its just a tie.
Even today I still get letters from young students here and there who say, Why are you people trying to program intelligence? Why dont you try to find a way to build a nervous system that will just spontaneously create it? Finally I decided that this was either a bad idea or else it would take thousands or millions of neurons to make it work and I couldnt afford to try to build a machine like that.
If Babbage had lived seventy-five years later I would have been out of a job.
It is by no means hopeless to expect to make a machine for really very difficult mathematical problems. But you would have to proceed step-by-step. I think electricity would be the best thing to rely on.
Its important for students to be put in touch with real-world problems. The curriculum should include computer science. Mathematics should include statistics. The curriculums should really adjust.
Microprocessors are getting into everything. We wont be able to pick up a single piece of equipment in the near future, except maybe a broom, that hasnt got a microprocessor in it.
Perhaps the central problem we face in all of computer science is how we are to get to the situation where we build on top of the work of others rather than redoing so much of it in a trivially different way.
The burgeoning field of computer science has shifted our view of the physical world from that of a collection of interacting material particles to one of a seething network of information. In this way of looking at nature, the laws of physics are a form of software, or algorithm, while the material worldthe hardwareplays the role of a gigantic computer.
The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.