Milner on the science of the artificial

“Probably what [physicists] mean is: [computer science] can’t be a science because we are always making things. What are we doing science of? We are doing the science of our own constructions. But I think the boundary between understanding one’s own constructions and understanding the world is breaking down. You’ve only got to look at bioinfomatics. In chemistry, in chemical engineering, there are structures which we are making which deserve to be understood by the same models as we understand the natural world.”
— Milner (3 Sep 2003, In interview conducted by Martin Berger)

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