what this dept is,
Forty to just before fiftyish.
Few CS depts are older than us,
But age is no reason to make a fuss.
More important is that others do see
Wisdom not boredom in our repartee.
What’s wisdom, you ask? Here’s an example. The data, the
information, is that the tomato is the ovary of the flowering plant,
the pulpy mass that contains the seeds. Knowledge then explains that
the tomato is a fruit. Wisdom tells you not to put it in a fruit salad.
In 1965, Cornell showed wisdom in placing the CS budget with the provost
instead of Engineering or Arts & Sciences, because CS had elements
of both engineering and science (and now, arguably, art). In 1999, Cornell
showed wisdom again, by creating a college-level (but without students)
Faculty for Computing & Information Science, with CS at its core,
and with the mission to integrate computing and information science —its
ideas, technology, and modes of thought— into every academic discipline.
As a result, computing now thrives at Cornell, with undergrad degrees
in three colleges and with ties to well over 30 Cornell units. Come to
Cornell for exciting research and education in CS, computational biology,
cognitive science, computational science, computer graphics, computing
in the arts, digital libraries, game design, info sci, intelligent systems,
Cornell is rather special. It has been called “the first American
university” because of its founders’ revolutionarily egalitarian
and practical vision of higher education.
Did you know: The
South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato is Arkansas’s
state fruit and state vegetable. In 1893, the US Supreme Court defined
the tomato to be a vegetable (for trade purposes), going by its use rather
than biological classification.