April 20, 2007

Computers as Abstract Objects

"[The] highly abstractive quality of computers makes it easy to introduce mathematics in the study of their theory--and has led some to the erroneous conclusion that, as a computer science emerges, it will necessarily be a mathematical rather than empirical science."

Herbert A. Simon, The Sciences of the Artificial, Third Edition, MIT Press, p.18. (First edition published in 1969)


Rob said...

Unrelated to the actual post, but I wanted to say I like the new layout (not sure when you changed).

Now you have two comments :)

Alexandre R.J. Francois said...

Thanks! I changed the layout when I updated to the new Google blog system.