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1 Author(s)
Johnson, C. ; Univ. of Kent, Canterbury

This paper consists of a discussion of the potential impact on computer science education of regarding computation as a property of the natural world, rather than just a property of artifacts specifically created for the purpose of computing. Such a perspective is becoming increasingly important: new computing paradigms based on the natural computational properties of the world are being created, scientific questions are being answered using computational ideas, and philosophical debates on the nature of computation are being formed. This paper discusses how computing education might react to these developments, goes on to discuss how these ideas can help to define computer science as a discipline, and reflects on our experience at Kent in teaching these subjects.

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Computational Intelligence Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 1 )