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Is Computer Science Science?

Computer science meets every criterion for being a science, but it has a self-inflicted credibility problem.

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Robert Luk

I wrote a paper to address the title of this article. The title of the paper is "insights in how computer science can be a science". It takes a more elaborate route to show computer science is science by abstracting properties in scientific study of physics and mapping them to that of computer science. These properties are related to the aim of science and give science its scientific characteristics. So, they are not any general properties of science. If you are interested, you can download the paper from the open access journal, Science & Philosophy, at

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