What is Computer Science?
Why is Computer Science not a real science?
How is computing different from other kinds of engineering?
What is a liberal art?
Didascalicum, Hugo of St. Victor, around 1120
Moore’s “Law”: Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, observed in 1965 that transistor density approximately doubles every 18 months. In rough terms, this means that the amount of computing power you can get for a fixed price doubles every 18 months. (Its not a “law”, its an observation, but so far it has held remarkably well.)
If it takes 60 seconds to compute a photomosaic today on a typical PC, estimate how long it will take cs1120 students in 2014 to compute the same photomosaic? How long will it take in 2017?
What other things have changed as much as (or more that!) computing power in your lifetime?
(Post your guesses/answers as comments here.)
Some Funny Things Happened on the Way to the Moon, Richard H. Battin, 1989.
Ada Byron, letter to Augustus De Morgan, 27 November 1841.
(From Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers, by Betty A. Toole, 1998.)
George Forsythe, coining the term “Computer Science” in 1961.