[SIGCIS-Members] Donald Knuth
pxf130430 at utdallas.edu
Thu May 15 07:59:11 PDT 2014
> Neither have computer science departments embraced the history of computer science as an important area of teaching or research.
And Paul asks
In what way has history ever been “useful” to computer scientists?
I am saddened that history and culture of computing are, indeed, not adequately covered in
computer science programs with which I am familiar. I am a computer scientist, not a historian.
However, I don’t think I could do my research in model representation effectively without reading
the history of modeling, computing, engineering, and technology. I am presenting a paper this
coming week (ACM SIGSIM) on “computing as model-based empirical science.” This hypothesis
would not be possible without historical context, especially in the area of analog computing. Analog
computing has good coverage in the history of computing, but is noticeably absent from computer
science curricula (the topic split off into systems engineering).
I am not sure I follow the thread on Knuth’s lecture, but am anxious to find out more.
Paul Fishwick, PhD
Chair, ACM SIGSIM
Distinguished Chair of Arts & Technology
and Professor of Computer Science
Director, Creative Automata Laboratory
The University of Texas at Dallas
Arts & Technology
800 West Campbell Road, AT10
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the Members