In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kevin Foltinek <email@example.com> wrote:
> > So, to be revolutionary, maybe we should be teaching them > > computer programming instead of math ? > > If you use the any of the words "function", "variable", "array", > "integer", "floating point", or many others, in your computer science > classes, then you are using mathematics.
Funny you should mention this. I was about to respond to Alberto Moreira's post where he claimed that he could
"...write an operating system, or a web browser, without any math..."
but unfortunately the article expired and curiously he had inserted 'X-no-archive: yes' which prevented Google from preserving it.
My reply would have been: Really? Write an OS or a browser without functions, variables, integers or any Boolean expressions? And not even apply any rules of logical inference to debug them?
[Let alone designing _any_ OS without knowledge of queuing theory, working sets or resource allocation, or a web browser without finite states, decoding JPEGs without discrete cosine transforms, or even calculating line wraps without arithmetic.]
I submit Mr. Moreira has little knowledge of writing a working OS or a browser, let alone a good one, or his definition of mathematics is hopelessly narrow to be of practical value.
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