I was not going to post on stereotypes anymore
(my last two posts were on the topic) but three events
that span 100 years have inspired me to do to.
I found a blog that I posted in Aug 1909 which asked if the Americans might
catch up to Europe in Mathematics someday. One of the comments on it was
Look at the German Mathematics Tradition!.
Look at the American one. The Americans are so
weak my comparison that it must be something
about their culture.
It is clear that the Germans have always been
better than the Americans in Mathematics,
and always will be. Will there ever be a American Hilbert?
I think not.
I found a blog entry from Aug 1960 which asked if Japan might
catch up to American in Engineering and Car Building.
One of the comments on it was
Don't be ridiculous. The fact that the phrase
Made in Japan has come to mean that it is of bad
quality shows that the Americans are better Manufacturers than
the Japanese and always will be.
In Aug 2009 I co-ran a TA orientation with ***SORELLE*** and another
grad student ***MAH***. As part of it,
everyone was to give me their name, what course they are TAing,
what field of CS they want to study, and their favorite TV show.
For the TV shows I got the following (probably more that I forget)
There may have been a few more.
However, the person who picked ST-TNG noted that
I can't believe in a room full of CS Grad Students I'm the only
one who mentioned a Science Fiction Show
(READERS: picture this person in your mind.)
The stereotype of CS people being Star Trek Fans is out of date.
When the recent Star Trek Movie came out
Lance posted an
Obligatory Star Trek Post.
I don't think it is obligatory.
So you think you can dance dance dance dance dance.
The Big Bang Theory
ST-TNG and Babylon 5
Daria and Burn Notice (that was me)
Numb3rs (that was ***SORELLE*** who I respect in everything except taste in TV shows.)
Daily Show and the Colbert Report
I don't' watch TV since its just a mechanism to deliver commercials.
(Gee- he could get NETFLIX and get commercial free DVDs.)
I don't watch TV.
Why has the link between Star Trek and CS been weakened?
I think that both CS and Science Fiction have become more mainstream.
Hence CS can overlap with non-Science Fiction and
Science Fiction can overlap with NON-CS (actually it probably always did).
Back to stereotypes. The person who was the only CS Grad Student
who mentioned a Science Fiction Show was a female. I suspect
that is not the picture you had in your mind.
Posted By GASARCH to Computational Complexity at 8/31/2009 10:56:00 AM