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A. Leese
06-05-2002, 02:38 PM
I found this while doing research about technology.

We are computer scientists. We wake up every morning in love with what we do. We love computer science because it exercises both our creative and our logical sides. Unfortunately, people often misconceive computer science as a dry and impersonal area requiring only technical skills. We would like to offer a contrary, insider's view of our field. Computer science is not only about logical thinking. It is true that computer systems (both hardware and software) work according to precise rules. However, these systems consist of many, many pieces; the challenge lies in building and combining them. Some of the pieces already exist, but it takes creativity to put them together. The pieces that don't exist must be designed, which requires innovation. Assembling the whole system needs teamwork. The process is as creative and human as writing poetry or composing music. But computer scientists also develop products that have an immediate, direct, positive impact on people and society, which is deeply gratifying. We feel that few other disciplines require the same, unique blend of creativity and insight with problem-solving skills. That's why we are computer scientists, and there's nothing else that we'd rather be.
Shriram Krishnamurthi and Kathi Fisler
Computer Science
Rice University