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How old is computer science (and why does it matter)?

from The Advocate

The field of mathematics is at least 5,000 years old; we can trace its origins to Mesopotamia. Physics is at least 2,500 years old; in classical Greece, scholars knew the Earth was round. Chemistry dates from about 250 years ago, to the late 1700s. Some consider the work of Antoine Lavoisier, "who developed a law of conservation of mass that demanded careful measurement and quantitative observations of chemical phenomena," as marking the beginning of modern chemistry. more

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