Should math (or adv. math) be required in CIS degrees?
Oh hell yeah.
For one thing (and this is something that you and the
other respondents have touched on), university-level math
builds strong analytic skills. Writing proofs is very much
like writing code, and effort spent learning one will pay
off in the other. (In fact, I'd add formal logic to the
list you mention -- at the very least propositional and
predicate calculi, with modal logic and metalogic as
For another, math has an annoying habit of cropping up
in the most unexpected places. Reachability checking for
an even modestly complex web site will bring in graph
theory (and woe to the programmer who doesn't consider it!),
for example. Most varieties of simulation involve insane
amounts of math. (And Every. Single. Programmer. should be
familiar with De Morgan's Laws.)
The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!
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