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Given that a computer is basically an electronic machine, is computer science really a branch of electronics, which is in turn a branch of physics?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Discrete lizard Jun 13 at 10:46

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    $\begingroup$ Given that physics is the study of how the universe works, and everything we study is in the universe, ... $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Jun 13 at 10:45
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    $\begingroup$ Whether a field is a branch of something else is very poorly defined in general and seems to be mostly a matter of opinion and is also a question about computer science, but not of computer science. This is more of a metaphysics (metascience?) or philosophy issue. $\endgroup$ – Discrete lizard Jun 13 at 10:46
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    $\begingroup$ Any science that deals with abstract objects is part of philosophy while remaining sciences are part of physics ))) $\endgroup$ – Bulat Jun 13 at 13:19
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No it is not. Computer science has as much to do with computers as astronomy does with telescopes: they're a tool.

Even if computers didn't exist the science of computing things still would. IMO Computing Science would be a much better name, but we're stuck with what we have I guess.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks. Is it a branch of math, then? Or is it a separate discipline in its own right? $\endgroup$ – Thomas Jun 13 at 10:18
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    $\begingroup$ @Thomas You could see it as a branch of mathematics if you must. $\endgroup$ – orlp Jun 13 at 11:05
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    $\begingroup$ My professor always said that computer science is math with a bunch of energy consuming sand $\endgroup$ – Panzerkroete Jun 14 at 1:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Thomas, it's better to see it as an interdisciplinary subject which straddles at least mathematics, engineering, and psychology. $\endgroup$ – Peter Taylor Jun 14 at 10:27

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