History of Computing: Software Issues: International by Ulf Hashagen, Reinhard Keil-Slawik, Arthur L. Norberg

By Ulf Hashagen, Reinhard Keil-Slawik, Arthur L. Norberg (auth.), Ulf Hashagen, Reinhard Keil-Slawik, Arthur L. Norberg (eds.)

This e-book reports the current realizing of the heritage of software program and establishes an schedule for extra learn. through exploring this present realizing, the authors determine the elemental components of software program. the issues and questions addressed within the booklet variety from in basic terms technical to societal matters. hence, the articles offered supply a clean view of this historical past with new different types and interrelated topics, evaluating and contrasting software program with artefacts in different disciplines, with the intention to ensure in what methods software program is identical to and diverse from different technologies.
This quantity relies at the foreign convention "Mapping the historical past of Computing: software program Issues", held in April 2000 on the Heinz Nixdorf Museums discussion board in Paderborn, Germany.

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2) Computer programs are mathematical expressions. They describe with unprecedented precision and in every mi nutest detail the behaviour, intended or unintended, of the computer on which they are executed. (3) A programming language is a mathematical theory. It inc1udes concepts, notations, definitions, axioms and theorems, which he1p a programmer to develop a program which meets its specification, and to prove that it does so. (4) Programming is a mathematical activity. Like other branches of applied mathematics and engineering, its successful practice requires deterrnined and meticulous application of traditional methods of mathematical understanding, ca1culation and proof.

8 The Turing Award is considered the ACM's highest honor. "It is given to an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. html). " 28 Michael S. '" At the risk of repeating myself, it might be worth recapitulating what I mean by that. The agenda of a field consists of what its practitioners agree ought to be done, a consensus conceming the problems of the field, their order of importance or priority, the means of solving them, and perhaps most importantly, what constitutes a solution.

CACM 23 (1980): 67-70. For Purdue, see John Rice and Richard A. , Studies in Computer Science in Honor of Samuel D. Conte (New York and London, 1994); for Comell, David Gries, "Twenty Years of Computer Science at Comell," Engineering: Cornell Quarterly 20/2 (1985): 2-11. , 1945; reprint, 1960, 1990). For a thoughtful critique of Bush's basic premise, see Donald E. Stokes, Pasteur's Quadrant: Basic Science and Technological Innovation (Washington, DC, 1997). "Towards a Mathematical Science of Computation," Proc.

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