XDG standard: Is Math a Science
Dave Cridland [Home]
dave at cridland.net
Tue Feb 10 23:44:18 EET 2004
On Tue Feb 10 21:15:13 2004, Shaun McCance wrote:
>Really, the category codes aren't user-visible strings. I don't think
>they should be thought of as a definitive taxonomy. Rather, they are
>indicative of the utility of the software. The only kind of software
>that I can think of that's distinctly Mathematics is computer algebra
>systems. And those are definitely of interest to just about all types
>of scientists and engineers.
Before I begin, I feel very strongly that it should be painted black, with a
nice blue roof, and most especially it needs to have a lockable door. There
are too many instance of theft these days, and we do want to encourage
greener forms of transport, so let's give people a nice secure location for
storage, with easy access for authorised personel.
By the way, I think we're safe in considering applied mathematics to be
sciencesque, and I'm not sure if you could have a pure mathematics computer
program, given that you'd have to apply the maths in order to write it. Not
that I can actually find a dictionary with a definition of "Mathematics"
which does not describe mathematics as a science, but that's another story
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