Wikipedia lists several scientific disciplines on its science article. To name a few, they are:
- Logic, Maths, Statistics,
- Molecular, Atomic, Plasma, Quantum Physics,
- Astrophysics, Cosmology, Stellar astronomy,
- Anatomy, Biochemistry, Zoology
The list is really big! One entry there is also "Computer Science". We all know the all-pervasive influence of computer science on our lives today, so it's natural to spread some rumours about it. One such "hot fact" that I frequently hear in my school is these days is the following. I wish to confirm if it's justifiable and, if so, is it true.
Among all the fields listed there on the Wikipedia page, is Computer Science the fastest growing science field in the history of mankind?
The thought process that really adds fuel to this statement is that the widespread connectivity humans have achieved today enables for faster software and hardware growth (connectivity 2G->3G->4G, better office tools, more capable tech gadgets), which in reciprocation boosts office productivity, enabling more tech growth, and the endless loop continues.
I personally feel the statement is not even justified. According to me, the term "fastest growing" can have subjective implications. It's easy to note the time factor (i.e. we grew to this much in 10 years), but the magnitude of growth can be disputable.
For example, we know that agriculture formed the starting stepstone for the settled human civilization i.e. it is a very ancient science. So, can we say that agricultural growth is "slower" as compared to computer science? We could very well say that the "magnitude of growth" in agriculture has been proportionally much more than that in computer science, so the latter's actually been slower.
I personally feel my logic invalidates the statement. Though, I'm afraid there might already have been elaborate and conclusive research on this topic. So, can anyone convincingly invalidate this statement? Or if it's valid, can it be proven or disproven?