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The Architecture of Symbolic Computers (Mcgraw-Hill Series in Supercomputing and Parallel Processing)

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ISBN-13: 978-0070355965
ISBN-10: 0070355967
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  • Series: Mcgraw-Hill Series in Supercomputing and Parallel Processing
  • Hardcover: 739 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College (November 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070355967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070355965
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,399,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'll admit I didn't understand much of what's in this book (will have to read it again some day), but the part I _did_ was accompanied by repeated feelings of "Aha! Finally!". It helped me get some sort of gut feeling on how the seemingly completely separate worlds of imperative machines and functional/logic languages are bridged in terms of implementation. Above all, don't be put off by publication date -- this stuff doesn't get old.
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Format: Hardcover
= = = = Part I Fundamentals = = = =
01 Fundamentals of Computation
02 Expressions and their notation
03 Symbolic expressions and the abstract program
= = = = Part II Function based computing = = = =
04 lambda calculus
05 a formal basis for abstract programming
06 self-interpretation
07 the secd abstract machine
08 memory management for s-expressions
09 demand drive evaluation
10 lisp: varieties and implementations
11 combinators and graph reduction
12 other function based computing systems
= = = = Part III Logic based computing = = = =
13 a logic overview
14 predicate logic and the first inference engine
15 fundamentals of practical inference engines
16 the prolog inference engine
17 the warren abstract machine
18 optimizations and extensions
19 prolog implementations
20 all-solutions inference engine
21 parallel inference engines
.reference
.index
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