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Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.
Prior to the 1920s, the term computer referred to a human clerk that performed calculations.
Early researchers in what came to be called computer science, such as Kurt Gödel, Alonzo Church, and Alan Turing, were interested in the question of computability: what things can be computed by a human clerk who simply follows a list of instructions with paper and pencil, for as long as necessary, and without ingenuity or insight?
Part of the motivation for this work was the desire to develop computing machines that could automate the often tedious and error-prone work of a human computer.
During the 1940s, as newer and more powerful computing machines were developed, the term computer came to refer to the machines rather than their human predecessors.