Comparison to Physics

Notation

Physics

Computer Science

Many scales of size

Universe, galaxy, solar system, objects, molecules, atoms, particles

Internet, computer systems, components, CPU, memory, bytes, bits

Many levels of concepts

Force, energy, mass, velocity, particles, waves

Applications, software and its development, operating systems, hardware, algorithms

Synthesis (bottom up) and decomposition (top down)

Matter composed of particles, atoms, molecules, objects...

Software composed of instructions, statements blocks, procedures, modules, programs,...

Fundamental truths

Newton's laws, relativity, quantum mechanics

Logic, recursion, hierarchy, modularity, efficiency, computability



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