*Some playful thoughts on executing vs understanding:*

**Little Carl-Friedrich and little Alan go to the programming class. They are told to write a program to sum up all integers from 1 to 100.** Little Alan likes ‘running’ things, so he writes a loop that sums up the numbers, and finished after 5 minutes. Little Carl-Friedrich is more of the ‘descriptive’ kind, and comes up with formula for simply calculating the sum, after 10 minutes (thinking took him a little while).

What marks would you give Carl-Friedrich and Alan?

What profession (say in the area of software) would you recommend to them?

Strong opinions appreciated

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*PS*

It is reported that in primary school the teacher of young Carl-Friedrich Gauss tried to occupy pupils by making them add a list of integers in arithmetic progression; as the story is most often told, these were the numbers from 1 to 100. Gauss reputedly produced the correct answer within seconds, to the astonishment of his teacher.

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