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What are the options for naming the Computational science proposal

Proposal: Scientific Computing (was Computational Science)

The more I think about the name change, the more I think it should go back to "Computational Science" - that is, if this proposal is for what I think it is. It does not make sense to incorporate the "sciences" if this is Scientific Computing. That is, the phrasing here seems to put the emphasis on the Computing part of it, when the truth is, Computational Science is more than simply high performance computing.

Computational Science is the implementation of computationally intensive, mathematical algorithms to solve real problems in the sciences. Because of this, scientific computing is simply a subset of Computational Science.

If I am going to take part in a Computational Science group, I would expect a general question about solving the time independent Schroedinger's Equation for a diatomic molecule to be a valid (on topic) question in the forum. As it stands, it seems like this would be off topic. This makes no sense to me because it is an essential part of Computational Chemistry which is most certainly computational science.

My problem is simply the "renaming" of Computational Science to Scientific Computing. They are not the same thing at all. Scientific Computing is part of Computational Science, but it isolates itself from other valid areas which I believe that Computational Science encompasses.

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    The main reason I bring this up is that I am currently in a Computational Science PhD program and it seems like, from what I have read, half of what we have studied would be considered "off topic" by some of the strict interpretations of "Scientific Computing"
    – drjrm3
    Oct 31, 2011 at 1:36
  • If the naming is ill-advised, please bring your suggestions to the other naming thread. Thanks. Nov 1, 2011 at 14:48
  • Please comment or answer, as you prefer, on the thread "What are the options for naming the Computational science proposal" linked above. I (and others) have already covered similar ground. You probably did not see my question discuss.area51.stackexchange.com/questions/3227/… since it has been closed. Nov 3, 2011 at 3:46


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