Consider the two words computer and science. The first’s gifts to the world are huge and range from the lifesaving ubiquity of electronic medical records to the opportunity to get in a virtual bar fight at any time of the day on Twitter. The second word, science, represents an intellectual movement that’s delivered great advances like the polio vaccine, a few trips to the moon and too many others to list. So why does combining the two words into computer science come up so short, especially when we’re looking to staff up our programming teams?
It’s not that the field hasn’t delivered. There are petabytes of LaTeX files out there filled with brilliant ideas like new programming languages, clever search algorithms, machine vision algorithms and a gazillion notions in between. Many of these are wonderful.
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