Friday, February 17, 2006

Mathematics has Competition

Mathematics is the lingua franca of science. Except that Bernard Chazelle now claims that there are two such languages - mathematics and computer science. It's a curious claim. He likens mathematics to "epithets" and computer science to "novels" and claims that a computer science background is imperative to studying biology. All he thinks we need are a great populariser of computer science (wasn't that what Wolfram tried to be?) and an Einstein.


I'm inclined to ask, with the article's author, "Isn't computer science really just a stepchild of mathematics?"

1 comment:

Theo said...

In the same way that modern mathematics is dependent on modern physics?

I have no background in CS, so can't actually comment on the claim. Although one math friend of mine is now probably moving to Google to do bioinformatics --- these things do intersect in important ways, and I would not be surprised if different areas of science use different languages.

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