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Re: Math or the other math?

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Michael Hopwood <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 14:42:23 +0000

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From a physics point of view, "computer science" looks about 50% discrete math, and 50% engineering (since computers, fancy as they may be, are simply machines, and have specific physical constraints that it may be helpful to understand).

Actual coding nowadays, I assume, may sometimes actually have a lot in common with language arts (UK readers: we don't study "language arts". Sorry...) but it's worth noting that logic is the common factor between language arts and math.

-----Original Message-----
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Al Matthews
Sent: 27 February 2013 14:28
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Math or the other math?

+1 mostly to the thread

Programming seems to me -- just me here -- stratified like any other profession, in particular by access or lack of access to computer science within software dev.

There are other factors. But computer science seems now heavily invested in math.

--
Al Matthews

Software Developer, Digital Services Unit Atlanta University Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library
email: [log in to unmask]; office: 1 404 978 2057





On 2/27/13 9:17 AM, "Michael Hopwood" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>You mean discrete mathematics?
>
>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discrete_mathematics
>
>I always kicked myself for not taking that course at high school (UK 
>readers, I mean secondary school) but at least I picked up the basics 
>during my physics MSci (a lot of physics these days is coding).
>
>Cheers,
>
>m
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of 
>Ken Irwin
>Sent: 27 February 2013 13:53
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] back to minorities question, seeking guidance
>
>What both Kelly and David say is true here:
>David: programming needs math, not arithmetic.
>Kelly: computers are good at arithmetic on their own.
>
>To which I'll add: the related skill that I see as necessary here is 
>quantitative reasoning - not the crunching of numbers but the correct 
>assembly of the formulae, articulating the systematization of the problem.
>
>What I'm less certain of is what sort of training tend to lead to that 
>sort of conceptual skill.
>
>Ken
>
>
>
>On Feb 27, 2013, at 8:44 AM, "David Faler" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> I think math is essential, but what they teach in schools these days 
>> isn't math.  It's arithmetic.  Some intro philosophy courses teach 
>> math.  I'll stop before I start ranting.
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM, Kelly Lucas <[log in to unmask]>
>>wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 2:57 AM, Thomas Krichel 
>>> <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>>  Wilhelmina Randtke writes
>>>>
>>>>> Pretty much the whole entire entry level programming class for the
>>>> average
>>>>> class covers using code to do things that you can do much more 
>>>>> easily without code.
>>>>
>>>>  Probably it was the wrong course. I think coding should start with 
>>>> building web pages. A calculator can't do that.
>>>>
>>>>  Cheers,
>>>>
>>>>  Thomas Krichel                    http://openlib.org/home/krichel
>>>>                                      http://authorprofile.org/pkr1
>>>>                                               skype: thomaskrichel
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>> Kelly R. Lucas
>>> Senior Developer
>>> Isovera, Inc.
>>> [log in to unmask]
>>> http://www.isovera.com
>>> http://drupal.org/user/271780
>>> twitter: @bp1101
>>>


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