„Software engineering is the part of computer science which is too difficult for the computer scientist.“

—  Friedrich Ludwig Bauer, Bauer (1971) "Software Engineering." Information Processing: Proceedings of the IFIP Congress 1971, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, August 23-28, 1971.
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Friedrich Ludwig Bauer
deutscher Pionier der Informatik 1924 - 2015
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„Anything which uses science as part of its name isn't: political science, creation science, computer science.“

—  Hal Abelson computer scientist 1947
Source: The Nature of Belief http://www.xent.com/FoRK-archive/sept97/0213.html

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„As a result, the topic became – primarily in the USA – prematurely known as ‘computer science’ – which, actually, is like referring to surgery as ‘knife science’ – and it was firmly implanted in people’s minds that computing science is about machines and their peripheral equipment. Quod non“

—  Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002
1980s, Context: A confusion of even longer standing came from the fact that the unprepared included the electronic engineers that were supposed to design, build and maintain the machines. The job was actually beyond the electronic technology of the day, and, as a result, the question of how to get and keep the physical equipment more or less in working condition became in the early days the all-overriding concern. As a result, the topic became – primarily in the USA – prematurely known as ‘computer science’ – which, actually, is like referring to surgery as ‘knife science’ – and it was firmly implanted in people’s minds that computing science is about machines and their peripheral equipment. Quod non [Latin: "Which is not true"]. We now know that electronic technology has no more to contribute to computing than the physical equipment. We now know that programmable computer is no more and no less than an extremely handy device for realizing any conceivable mechanism without changing a single wire, and that the core challenge for computing science is hence a conceptual one, viz., what (abstract) mechanisms we can conceive without getting lost in the complexities of our own making. Dijkstra (1986) On a cultural gap http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD09xx/EWD924.html (EWD 924).

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„It was the height of the first boom, so it was 1999. It was a good year to be a graduate in computer science.“

—  Marissa Mayer American business executive and engineer, former ceo of Yahoo! 1975
fortune.com http://fortune.com/2013/10/17/transcript-marissa-mayer-at-fortune-mpw/.

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„Trees sprout up just about everywhere in computer science…“

—  Donald Ervin Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming
The Art of Computer Programming (1968–2011), Vol. IV - A, Combinatorial Algorithms, Section 4.2.1.6 (2011)

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„Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

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„Understanding is, after all, what science is all about — and science is a great deal more than mindless computation.“

—  Roger Penrose English mathematical physicist, recreational mathematician and philosopher 1931
As quoted in The Golden Ratio : The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number (2002) by Mario Livio, p. 201.

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