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Shifting Identities in Computing: From a Useful Tool to a New Method and Theory of Science
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences. University of Eastern Finland, Finland.
2017 (English)In: Informatics in the Future: Proceedings of the 11th European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2015), Vienna, October 2015 / [ed] Hannes Werthner, Frank van Harmelen, Cham, Switzerland: Springer Publishing Company, 2017, 1-16 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Following a number of technological and theoretical breakthroughs in the 1930s, researchers in the nascent field of automatic computing started to develop a disciplinary identity independent from computing's progenitor fields, mainly electrical engineering and mathematical logic. As the technology matured in the next four decades, computing emerged as a field of great value to all of science and engineering. Computing's identity as an academic discipline was the subject of many spirited debates about areas of study, methods, curricula, and relations with other fields. Debates over the name of the field and its relations with older academic departments occupied many hours and journal pages. Yet, over time computing revolutionized practices, then principles, of science and engineering. Almost every field - not just science and engineering, but also humanities - embraced computing and developed its own computational branch. Computing triumphed over all the doubts and became the most important player in science today.

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Cham, Switzerland: Springer Publishing Company, 2017. 1-16 p.
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Computer and Systems Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-144912DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55735-9_1ISBN: 978-3-319-55734-2 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-55735-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-144912DiVA: diva2:1117560
Available from: 2017-06-29 Created: 2017-06-29 Last updated: 2017-10-27Bibliographically approved

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