June 20, 2005 spout

Theoretical Computer Science

accounting is to mathematics as engineering is to computer science.

I’m an accountant sitting in a meeting run by mathematicians. Unless I can use the math to do my double-entry book-keeping, I just don’t care. A mathematician cares only for the power of ideas and never needs to see the numbers.

As an accountant, I’ve read papers written by mathematicians and applied their ideas sparingly, but I’ve never seen a quorum of them discuss things before.

Fun. : )