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)

2 comments:

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.