Software is the modern language of science

August 31, 2011 at 8:57 am 1 comment

This is a great quote, and really speaks to the importance of computing in modern science and engineering.

“We are thinking about ways to encourage the publication of more modern forms of scientific output,” he said. He suggested in organizing scientific data for multiple communities, new approaches that merge databases with wikis, in addition to using social networking media tools such as Flickr and Twitter, will be very powerful. He noted that there are even new programs that create openly writable information storage and search platforms, such as those discussed in posters at the conference.

“We need to make the world writable,” Seidel told TeraGrid ’11 participants, adding that “software is the modern language of science these days.”

via HPCwire: NSF’s Seidel: ‘Software is the Modern Language of Science’.

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  • 1. Alan Kay  |  August 31, 2011 at 9:08 am

    We should note that the Algol design efforts in the late 50s and early 60s were not just about how to advance the state of the art of programming and programming languages, but to also provide a reference language for readable publication of ideas and results in both computing and science.

    One wonders whether our “not-really-a-field” today can match up to such a scope of understanding.


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