Friday, 1 February 2013

Matematics vs Computer science

For several years I'm working with mathematicians. And I think this citation very clear expresses the cause of difficulties in communication:

"In mathematics we are usually concerned with declarative (what is) description, whereas in computer science we are usually concerned with imperative (how to) descriptions"

From Hal Abelson's, Jerry Sussman's and Julie Sussman's Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs