What is Computer Science? (Short answer).

(A longer answer is here.)
(What do computer scientists do?)

The physical sciences study forms of matter and energy in
our universe, and their interactions.

The life sciences study all the forms of life, including individual
organisms, societies and ecosystems, and their interactions with
living and non-living matter.

The science of computation studies the bridge between the two:
information, and the ways in which it can be represented,
derived, transformed, combined, created, transmitted and above
all used -- whether in the simplest organisms as they reproduce or
the most complex organisms as they perceive, learn and act, or
in advanced, increasingly intelligent, forms of technology that
now dominate our industries, our social interactions, the latest
medical advances, and powerful tools of thought.

This vision of computation was already clear to one of the founders
of computer science, Alan Turing, in the early 1950s, when computers
were still in their infancy.

Teaching and research in Computing in this university straddles
all those aspects of computer science, including their philosophical
and mathematical as well as scientific and practical implications.

Picture from Wikipedia

  • A. M. Turing,
    Computing machinery and intelligence,
    Mind, 59, 433--460, 1950,

  • A. M. Turing,
    The Chemical Basis Of Morphogenesis,
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London
    B 237, 237, 37--72, 1952


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