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Good Math by Mark C. Chu-Carroll

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Part 6Mechanical Math

One of my favorite areas of math should be obvious given what I do for a living. I’m a computer scientist, and I’ve spent my career building software. In particular, I’ve worked as both a researcher and an engineer at a several different companies, building software that other people use to build software, like programming languages, compilers, build systems, and development tools.

So what area of math am I talking about? Computation. Computation is the branch of math that studies what kinds of things machines can do. Long before anyone had actually built a real computer of any kind, mathematicians and logicians set the groundwork for what became the field of computer science. They designed theoretical machines, computing ...

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