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The Hidden Origins of Lisp: The Place of Lisp in the 21st Century

With this post we reach the end of the blog series highlighting the new preface for the LFE edition of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. (book, source) Below we ponder the question of Lisp's pertinence to a field that has changed greatly since its beginnings in the 1940s and 1950s, a field that is almost defined by how much it changes. What used to be unique characteristics of Lisp have have steadily – over the course of more than 50 years – been integrated into old and new programming languages alike. So, in particular, we ask weather Lisp still has something unique and compelling to offer current and future generations of computer programmers.


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Duncan McGreggor | March 27, 2015 | Tags : books documentation education lisp sicp


The Hidden Origins of Lisp: John McCarthy

John McCarthy: Creator of the prefix-notation programming language Lisp and founder of AI.


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Duncan McGreggor | March 26, 2015 | Tags : books documentation education history lisp mathematics sicp


The Hidden Origins of Lisp: Alonzo Church

Alonzo Church: Creator of the λ‑calculus and articulator of the Church–Turing thesis.


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Duncan McGreggor | March 25, 2015 | Tags : books documentation education history lisp mathematics sicp


The Hidden Origins of Lisp: Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell: Originator and co-author of the Principia Mathematica


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Duncan McGreggor | March 24, 2015 | Tags : books documentation education history lisp mathematics sicp


The Hidden Origins of Lisp: Giuseppe Peano

Giuseppe Peano: Creator of the first recursive function definition.


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Duncan McGreggor | March 23, 2015 | Tags : books documentation education history lisp mathematics sicp


LFE Friday - ordsets:is_disjoint/2

This week's LFE Friday was translated with permission from the Erlang Thursday series by Steven Proctor. This week's translator: Robert Virding.


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Robert Virding | March 22, 2015 | Tags : lfe friday lfe erlang


The Hidden Origins of Lisp: Introduction

As mentioned earlier, this post kicks off a blog series highlighting the new preface for the LFE edition of Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. (book, source) The posts will be comprised of the preface introduction and then a collection of short biographies as pertains to the foundation (laid by the given individual) which ended up being crucial to the development of Lisp, concluding with a section regarding Lisp's important role in the future of computer science and related industries:


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Duncan McGreggor | March 22, 2015 | Tags : books documentation education history lisp mathematics sicp


SICP: the LFE Edition - Update

An update on the LFE edition of SICP and a note about the new preface

The LFE Edition of the historic Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (book, source) continues to make steady progress, including getting a new preface. This post is a teaser for additional posts which will appear here in the coming days. But first, here's how things stand so far:


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Duncan McGreggor | March 22, 2015 | Tags : books news docs education sicp


New LFE T-Shirt

If you missed the last LFE T-shirt, you're gonna want to be in line for this one ...

The new LFE T-shirt is designed and awaiting more sign-ups! We're about 1/4 of the way (Update: now 1/2!) to the minimum pledges required. If you'd like to order one or ten, you may do so here. For more information on the process, read on …


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Duncan McGreggor | March 20, 2015 | Tags : hackersuits t-shirts clothing community


LFE Friday - lists:flatmap/2

This week's LFE Friday was translated with permission from the Erlang Thursday series by Steven Proctor. This week's translator: Robert Virding.


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Robert Virding | March 13, 2015 | Tags : lfe friday lfe erlang