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Beyond the algorithmization of the sciences

Thomas Easton promotes algorithms as a higher form of science in his paper Beyond the algorithmization of the sciences:

Algorithms have thus made biology as useful a science as physics, chemistry, and computer science. But are algorithms enough to move biology closer to the throne? Are they math?
Five decades ago, most mathematicians would have said no. Then in the 1970s, they discovered the value of computers for “proving” theorems (…)

Myself, I haven’t had time to spend much time thinking about it, but it is quite clear that I value algorithms at least as highly as I value theorems.