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The Association for Software Testing is pleased to announce its ninth annual conference, CAST 2014 “The Art and Science of Testing”, to be held in New York, NY, August 11-13. To some, software testing is an outgrowth of engineering, mathematics and physics, while to others, testing is an exploration of psychology, philosophy or sociology. At CAST 2014, conference speakers will share their stories and experiences surrounding software testing, whether bound by rules and laws of science and experimentation, or expressed through creativity, imagination, and artistry.

Join us this summer for our ninth annual conference in downtown New York City at the beautiful Kimmel Center located next to Washington Square Park August 11-13, as we explore the art and science of testing.

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Wednesday, August 13 • 2:10pm - 3:15pm
The history of reason; arts, science, and testing

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Dichotomies are appealing. Put art and humanities on one side, and science and objectivity on the other, and almost everyone will understand the distinction. Is it really that simple? Geoff Loken discusses the history of reason, and of testing in a context both old and broad. Reason and what has become the scientific method have roots as far back as the classical period. Modern software testers unknowingly draw their analytical tools from insights and techniques derived over centuries, by philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, and historians. Remembering that history we can better understand our modern interactions with computers, and decide for ourselves where the distinction between objective and subjective is useful to us, and where it is not.

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Geoff Loken

Quality Analyst, Athabasca University
I'm currently charged with the oversight of software testing at the Athabasca University. Before that I spent a bit of time doing testing at Bioware, out of Edmonton. In my copious spare time I train, blog, and attend conferences about QA, and will be speaking for the second time at CAST this year. I have an MA in History, so I came into testing through the back door, and spend a lot of surplus energy thinking about advanced education, and how... Read More →

Wednesday August 13, 2014 2:10pm - 3:15pm
KC 914

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