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That's a very broad question, and specific answers cannot be given. It all depends. Most of all, it depends what programming do you consider? If it's a simple script that takes the input of a form and returns some HTML (after perhaps consulting a database), there isn't much skill involved, let alone math skills.

But if you are programming the automated pilot of an airplane, the robotic arm that allows a surgeon to perform an operation at a distance, a program that interprets the data from a seismologic experiment of an oil company, we are talking a totally different game. Then you do need skills, lots of skills, and math skills can be very useful.

As for question 2, I do believe that people with no education in Computer Science have a disadvantage. Again, for you garden variety programming, it hardly matters. But it does matter for more advance programming. Compare it with driving a car and knowledge of car mechanics. For your average commuter, it hardly matters whether you have knowledge of car mechanics. But if you look at the Formula-1 or NASCAR drivers, you'll see that most of them have quite a lot of knowledge of car mechanics.

As for question 3, about programming languages that are more friendly towards those who don't have a mathematical or computer science education, the classical answer is "COBOL".

Some languages that will appeal more to mathematical people that to others are, IMO, Lisp, Haskell, Fortran and SQL.

Abigail


In reply to Re: Programming and math by Abigail-II
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