What exactly is "theoretical" computer science? I just saw this site as part of the Stack Exchange and wondered what this meant. I couldn't get a solid understanding by looking at the trending questions.

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    $\begingroup$ Have you looked at the faq? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for linking it! I didn't even know there was a FAQ:) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 10, 2013 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ its sort of like computer science without the computers :p $\endgroup$
    – vzn
    Commented Feb 11, 2013 at 16:22

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Theoretical computer science is the study of the mathematical nature of computation. See Wikipedia and the references therein.

As Dave Clarke pointed out in a comment, the scope of cstheory.stackexchange.com is explained in FAQ.


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