Is this an appropriate site to ask about computer science lore? I'd originally asked at the Computer Science Stack Exchange Meta whether there was okay to ask about a half-remembered story about two computer scientists solving a word-counting problem - one with C and the other with Unix shell. A commenter at that question pointed me to a writeup on the story, which was actually Knuth's Pascal implementation versus McIlroy's Unix shell implementation, and further pointed me here as a potentially appropriate site for the question.

So I'll pose the question here: is History of Science and Mathematics an appropriate site for questions about identifying computer science lore from partly-remembered details?

(Perhaps noteworthy: a sizeable portions of questions at Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange of this nature -- identifying a specific work from partly-remembered details)

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    $\begingroup$ Can you clarify what you understand perspectively under "computer science"? As there is also retrocomputing.stackexchange.com this might be crucial — or overlapping — for he kind(s) of Qs you want to ask. $\endgroup$ Jul 16, 2021 at 0:59
  • $\begingroup$ @LаngLаngС - hmm...I think my perspective definition of "computer science" is well represented by this quote from Wikipedia: "Computer science deals with the theoretical foundations of information, algorithms and the architectures of its computation as well as practical techniques for their application." And this question, specifically, is about a famous(?) story about different philosophies of organizing/implementing thereof. $\endgroup$
    – StoneThrow
    Jul 18, 2021 at 18:16


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