Subject: Re: Can you learn computer science from a school?
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 16 May 2007 22:46:10 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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Pascal Costanza  <> wrote:
| One of the problems I see with computer science courses at universities 
| is that it is typically taught as if it were a branch of mathematics or 
| natural sciences, which it is clearly not.

Well, Edsger W. Dijkstra clearly thought it *is*!! From
"How do we tell truths that might hurt?" (EWD498, June 1975):

    Programming is one of the most difficult branches of
    applied mathematics; the poorer mathematicians had better
    remain pure mathematicians.

A few more relevant zingers:

    About the use of language: it is impossible to sharpen a
    pencil with a blunt axe. It is equally vain to try to do it
    with ten blunt axes instead.


    Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good
    mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of
    a competent programmer.


p.s. The full text:

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