• A. N. Barrett
  • A. L. Mackay
Part of the Macmillan Computer Science Series book series (COMPSS)


Nobody who has experienced the access of personal intellectual power provided by the computer will willingly give it up and go back to the old days of pen, pencil, logarithm tables, setsquare, protractor and eraser for writing, calculating, drawing, planning and designing. Already a number of universities require each student to have his own personal computer and from now on any graduate or professional without his own computing facilities will be at a great disadvantage. The computer is an all-purpose model and a general thinking machine, more because it forces and focuses thought than because it thinks for itself. If you can explain your problem to the computer then you really understand it. The discipline of concise expression in Latin is a soft option in comparison with that of programming a computation.


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© A. N. Barrett and A. L. Mackay 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. N. Barrett
    • 1
  • A. L. Mackay
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceBrunel UniversityUxbridge, MiddlesexUK
  2. 2.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK

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