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Computer Programming as an Art

By Ruairi

"It seems to me that if the authors I studied were writing today, they would agree with the following characterization: Science is knowledge which we understand so well that we can teach it to a computer; and if we don't fully understand something, it is an art to deal with it. Since the notion of an algorithm or a computer program provides us with an extremely useful test for the depth of our knowledge about any given subject, the process of going from an art to a science means that we learn how to automate something."

From Donald Knuth's 1974 ACM Turing Award Lecture, Computer Programming as an Art. More recommended reading at Babar K Zafar's Classic Texts in Computer Science.

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