„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 American cognitive scientist 1927 - 1992
Computer Science as Empirical Inquiry: Symbols and Search (1975), p. 114.