by Stephen Downes
Jan 11, 2016
I found this via Doug Belshaw's weekly newsletter. It identifies the similarities between cooking and coding. According to Brett Terpstra, "There are algorithms that cross all boundaries in cooking. Understanding things such as glucose breakdown, deglazing, and ordering ingredient combination to allow the optimal heating time for different cellular structures are all valuable skills across any genre of cooking." Quite so. But the importance isn't just, as Belshaw suggests, "the ways of thinking it encourages." Rather (and importantly): the ways coding and cooking are the same is an expression of the critical literacies underlying all thought. These algorithms fall under the heading of pattern and syntax. The differences between Italian and Thai are reflections of context.
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