Jeremy Osterhouse

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This quote from Fred P. Brooks essay “The Tar Pit” is the closest I’ve found to summing up why I love computer science:

“Finally, there is the delight of working in such a tractable medium. The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures.

“Yet, the program contruct, unlike the poet’s words, is real in the sense that it moves and works. Producing visible outputs separate from the construct itself. It prints results, draws pictures, produces sounds, moves arms. The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be.”