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Re: Re: Programming & real life

by hardburn (Abbot)
on Dec 30, 2003 at 17:25 UTC ( #317722=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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in thread Programming & real life

. . . computer does much less than geometry, at least to my own experience.

A general purpose computer can do anything that is mathmatically possible, provided it has enough memory (see also: Turing Complete).

Though I do think Computer "Science" has stagnated into "make it go faster, mommy!" over the last 30 years, I disagree that there weren't any breakthroughs since Turing. Microprocessor technology, Unix, relational databases, and functional and OO programming were all breakthroughs. Turing just did the One Big Breakthrough, the CS equivilent of Newton or Einstein (one will note that there are a few centuries between geniuses in other disciplines, and CS has already had its quota).

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Re: Re: Re: Programming & real life
by pg (Canon) on Dec 30, 2003 at 18:12 UTC
    "...computer does much less than geometry, at least to my own experience."

    The way you cut and paste from my post, made my sentence has a totally altered meaning. and I think the right way is:

    "but in terms of teaching one the power of thinking, computer does much less than geometry, at least to my own experience."

    You cannot cut the bold part off, and I was not saying what you thought I said.

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