About pkelchte

This web site is about me being a computer scientist having fun with research tangential to mass spectrometry. Now, you can all look up what the essence of mass spectrometry is, but the essence of computer science is something that people easily get confused about.
I couldn’t give a better introduction than the following by Hal Abelson. If it doesn’t satisfy your hunger for knowledge, follow the link and get enlightened!

  • [MUSIC PLAYING] PROFESSOR: I’d like to welcome you to this course on computer science.
    Actually, that’s a terrible way to start. Computer science is a terrible name for this business.
    First of all, it’s not a science. It might be engineering or it might be art, but we’ll actually see that computer so-called science actually has a lot in common with magic, and we’ll see that in this course.

    So it’s not a science. It’s also not really very much about computers. And it’s not about
    computers in the same sense that physics is not really about particle accelerators, and
    biology is not really about microscopes and petri dishes. And it’s not about computers in the same sense that geometry is not really about using surveying instruments. —SICP video lectures, July 1986


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