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S. Santini ; Univ. of California, USA

For the past three centuries, scientists have understood that their discipline's practitioners should have a broad cultural background, which would partly manifest in the words they coin. Words like electron, from the Greek elektra, show a certain proclivity for the classics and a gusto for the creation of beautiful terms. The computing profession, at least in the US, seems an exception to the rule that people with a university degree should first and foremost be well educated. Worse, the words and expressions our profession creates clearly indicate the scarce sense of history that permeates the engineering world.

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Computer  (Volume:35 ,  Issue: 12 )