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LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual 2nd Edition

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ISBN-10: 0262130114
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John McCarthy is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science, Stanford University.

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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 2nd edition (August 15, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262130114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262130110
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Levin on March 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
The LISP programming language was invented by John McCarthy in the late 1950s when he was co-director of the MIT artificial intelligence group. Unlike all other programming languages, LISP is also a simple elegant mathematical formalism which could be called a generalized arithmetic. LISP is also unique in that the language and the data are a single unified formalism. To see how far LISP has gone since then, one should read Common LISP: the Language, by Guy Steele. (There are also several excellent tutorial type books.)
I was an undergraduate student at that time, and as member of the group wrote the LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual which was later published as a book by the MIT Press. Today, it is of interest as a historical document only. (The book lists the members of the group at that time, and states that the manual was written by M. Levin)
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By A Customer on May 29, 2002
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This book is not just of historical interest. Much has changed since 1962 but not that much. This book is THE reference for implementing dynamically scoped Lisps.
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A great read about LISP. Short, concise, and clear - this book made me appreciate LISP on a whole new level.
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I now understand why this book is revered, even though I know lisp for years (and even though I've read SICP)
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