The Pros And Cons Of Computer Science

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As a computer scientist, there’s nothing that annoys me more than when my friends ask me for help setting up their wireless internet, or when my mom calls and asks why her laptop keeps freezing. I try to tell them that I’m not studying computer repairs or computer usage, I’m studying computer science. But that doesn’t help, because nobody seems to know exactly what the term “computer science” means. When I urge my friends to take a computer science course, they shrug me off with comments like “I’m no good with computers” or “I don’t do science.” Assuming my friends aren’t just unadventurous, there must be some big misconceptions outside of the computer science community about what computer science is all about. Computer scientists are concerned with questions like: How do you find the shortest route between two points…show more content…
Consider any science: chemistry, biology, physics, or even one of the “soft” sciences like psychology. All are concerned with answering factual questions about the world around us. In computer science, the goal is not to figure out the answers to factual questions, but rather to figure out how to get answers. The procedure is the solution. While scientists want to figure out what is, computer scientists want to know how to. This is not to say that scientists don’t ever need to know how to figure out the answers to their questions. The key distinction is that computer scientists care only about how to figure out the answer, and not what the answer is. Scientists, in some sense, either rely on computer science to help with their process (for instance, if they make use of data-analysis software) or are in part computer scientists
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