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Offline Jeffry Zorman

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What is mathematics and computer science?
« on: 22/07/2011 07:38:40 »
Hi,

Mathematics and computer science are not natural sciences, applied sciences (technology) or social sciences.
So, what kind of sciences are they?

I found out that they may belong to constructive sciences or formal science but I am not sure.

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« Reply #1 on: 22/07/2011 17:24:32 »
Well, for a start, computer science is a misnomer. It should be called "computing science" (and actually still is) although "computation science" might have been a better choice.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 22/07/2011 19:55:50 »
I always thought it odd that my BSc was named "Electronic, Computer and Systems Engineering".
Not - Electronics, Computing and Systems Engineering

Mind you we did all have to share one computer! :D

[and, truly, the only language we were taught until the final year (when C++ was an option) was ModularII!]
 

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« Reply #3 on: 22/07/2011 20:03:23 »
Well, it might have been better if you had gone to a real university:D

http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/computingscience/
 

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« Reply #4 on: 22/07/2011 20:29:40 »
Mathematics and Discrete Mathematics are certainly a science, although perhaps there are many facets to science.  One doesn't necessarily run experiments with mathematics, but one can prove theorems, and one can perhaps develop stronger proofs in pure mathematics than in any other science.

There are many names for Computer Science.

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
  • Hardware Engineering
  • Systems Analysis
    etc.

Parts of Hardware Design would certainly overlap with many scientific fields, but in the end it probably boils down to an engineering type of problem.

Software design is less likely to follow an experimental paradigm (unless you are Microsoft where a program might be an experiment whether it actually will run some of the time).

However, Algorithmic Design, Algorithmic Evaluation, Data Management, would all lead you back to science.

How do you consider basic data search and retrieval algorithms:
Order (N2); Order (N Log(N)); Order (N), etc.

Certainly you would have a scientific approach to problem analysis.
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« Reply #5 on: 22/07/2011 20:51:12 »

Mathematics and Discrete Mathematics are certainly a science, although perhaps there are many faucets to science. 


Well, it sort of depends on which field you are trying to tap into.  :D
 

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« Reply #6 on: 22/07/2011 21:03:35 »
Well, it might have been better if you had gone to a real university:D

http://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/computingscience/

Well my first choice was a polytechnic you know!  But apparently they didn;t have enough room for the likes of me in halls, so I had to go to one of those lar-de-da redbrick universities, don't y'know!

BTW I notice they've changed it to Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering these days! ;D
 

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« Reply #7 on: 22/07/2011 21:03:59 »

Mathematics and Discrete Mathematics are certainly a science, although perhaps there are many faucets to science. 
Well, it sort of depends on which field you are trying to tap into.  :D

Sometimes my math is a little leaky!!!
But, I meant facets.

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« Reply #8 on: 22/07/2011 21:21:02 »
I can see that Applied Maths could be viewed as a science.  I'm not sure about the other branches though.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 09/11/2011 16:39:31 »
Computer science is the theory of foundations of information and computation and in practical it is techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems and mathematics is about discussion of number theory, geometry, topology and calculus.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 09/11/2011 16:58:00 »
Computer science is the theory of foundations of information and computation and in practical it is techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems

Oh, you mean just like it says here.

"Computer science or computing science (abbreviated CS) is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_science
 

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