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Computer Scientist The 21st Century Renaissance Man
 

Summary: Computer Scientist
The 21st Century Renaissance Man
Luca Aceto and Anna Ingolfsdottir
School of Computer Science
Reykjavik University
Kringlan 1, 103 Reykjavik, Iceland
Since the Renaissance, figures like Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Al-
bert Einstein, to name but a few, have played a fundamental role in the devel-
opment of our civilization. So much so that those exceptional human beings are
part of the collective memory of humankind, and make guest appearances in ev-
eryday conversations amongst people who normally have little or no concern for
art or science. Who doesn't know about `Mona Lisa' or the famous fall of an
apple, which, according to scientific lore, inspired Newton to discover the law of
gravitation? Einstein, for one, stares at us from the front of T-shirts all over the
globe.
People like Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein are often re-
ferred to as `Renaissance men' or `polymaths'. According to a typical dictionary,
a Renaissance man is a person who knows a lot about many different subjects, and
has many practical skills and abilities. There is no doubt that the above-mentioned
people were prototypical Renaissance men, but can a truly Renaissance man exist

  

Source: Aceto, Luca - School of Computer Science, Reykjavík University

 

Collections: Mathematics; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences