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Why is programming called computer science if it's by no stretch of the imagination evidence-based? Is it a throw-back to the time when computers were being invented, and it was moreso evidence-based?

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    Computation is a science in the sense that a programmer uses the scientific method to develop an algorithm. Knowing the results you expect for a program you hypothesize a program that will produce the output that you want, much as a physicist hypothesizes a mathematical formula to explain the data given by experiments. If the original hypothesis fails, one begins to debug the program, which is essentially performing tests on your program (experiments) and examining the outputs (data) that it produces. Based on the output of your program, you hypothesize where the problem is and how to fix it. You then implement that solution and see if your program gives the expected output. It is the scientific method, which makes programming a science.

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