Re: _Machine Beauty_: Science and Art Out of the Closet

Holger Wagner (
Tue, 03 Mar 1998 17:02:26 +0100

Natasha V. More (fka Nancie Clark) wrote:
> David Gelernter (Yale University computer science professor) has a new book
> out and with it comes science and art. The book is titled _Machine Beauty_
> and brings to light Gelernter's views about science, art and the machine.
> "If the author [Gelernter] had his way, all computer scientists and software
> engineers would be rushed off to crash courses in drawing, design, and art
> history ...." (Jackson, "BusinessWeek" magazine, 3/2/98 issue.)

This is quite interesting. I remember that one some programming
newsgroup there once was a thread about how programmers often are
interested in music. I also was quite surprised to find out that many of
my fellow students (computer science) are into music and 3d-graphics.

Just recently, I realized how similar programming software and composing
music are. With both "arts" you can take the two approaches, btw: you
can have an idea and then work on it (with the idea never really
changing), and you can start with something and then - step by step -
develop something completely different.


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