Faculties in Europe

subject area
university type - Poland  
university status  
Cracow, Poland

Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science

Wydział Fizyki i Informatyki Stosowanej

Subject area: physical science, environment
University website: www.agh.edu.pl/en/
  • Description:

  • pl
The origins of the Faculty date back to 1919, when the Mining Academy was founded, within which the Department of Physics was established. It had undergone several organizational transformations, until in 1991, the AGH UST Senate decided to form the Faculty of Physics and Nuclear Technology. In 2004, the name was changed to the Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, according to the changes in the fields of research and educational activity.
A computer is a device that can be instructed to carry out sequences of arithmetic or logical operations automatically via computer programming. Modern computers have the ability to follow generalized sets of operations, called programs. These programs enable computers to perform an extremely wide range of tasks.
Computer Science
Computer science is the study of the theory, experimentation, and engineering that form the basis for the design and use of computers. It is the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications and the systematic study of the feasibility, structure, expression, and mechanization of the methodical procedures (or algorithms) that underlie the acquisition, representation, processing, storage, communication of, and access to, information. An alternate, more succinct definition of computer science is the study of automating algorithmic processes that scale. A computer scientist specializes in the theory of computation and the design of computational systems. See glossary of computer science.
Faculty may refer to:
Physics (from Ancient Greek: φυσική (ἐπιστήμη), translit. physikḗ (epistḗmē), lit. 'knowledge of nature', from φύσις phýsis "nature") is the natural science that studies matter and its motion and behavior through space and time and that studies the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves.
Science (from Latin scientia, meaning "knowledge") is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.
All science is either physics or stamp collecting.
As quoted in Rutherford at Manchester (1962) by J. B. Birks
Computer Science
Computer science is an empirical discipline. [...] Each new machine that is built is an experiment. Actually constructing the machine poses a question to nature; and we listen for the answer by observing the machine in operation and analyzing it by all analytical and measurement means available. Each new program that is built is an experiment. It poses a question to nature, and its behavior offers clues to an answer.
Allen Newell (1975) Computer Science as Empirical Inquiry: Symbols and Search. p. 114
I was an atheist, finding no reason to postulate the existence of any truths outside of mathematics, physics and chemistry. But then I went to medical school, and encountered life and death issues at the bedsides of my patients. Challenged by one of those patients, who asked "What do you believe, doctor?", I began searching for answers.
Francis Collins, a geneticist who led the U.S. government’s effort to decipher the human genome (DNA). cnn.com


30 Mickiewicza Av.
30-059 Krakow
Centre for International Students

Regular studies
P: +48 12 617 50 92
P: +48 12 617 46 15
F: +48 12 617 52 39
E: international.students@agh.edu.pl

Exchange programmes
P: +48 12 617 52 37
P: +48 12 617 52 38
F: +48 12 617 52 39
E: exchange@agh.edu.pl
Privacy Policy