ISBN-10:
0262560992
ISBN-13:
9780262560993
Pub. Date:
12/21/1995
Publisher:
MIT Press
The Little Schemer / Edition 4

The Little Schemer / Edition 4

by Daniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen
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Overview

The notion that "thinking about computing is one of the most exciting things the human mind can do" sets both The Little Schemer (formerly known as The Little LISPer ) and its new companion volume, The Seasoned Schemer , apart from other books on LISP. The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is compelling as they present abstract concepts in a humorous and easy-to-grasp fashion. Together, these books will open new doors of thought to anyone who wants to find out what computing is really about. The Little Schemer introduces computing as an extension of arithmetic and algebra; things that everyone studies in grade school and high school. It introduces programs as recursive functions and briefly discusses the limits of what computers can do. The authors use the programming language Scheme, and interesting foods to illustrate these abstract ideas. The Seasoned Schemer informs the reader about additional dimensions of computing: functions as values, change of state, and exceptional cases. The Little LISPer has been a popular introduction to LISP for many years. It had appeared in French and Japanese. The Little Schemer and The Seasoned Schemer are worthy successors and will prove equally popular as textbooks for Scheme courses as well as companion texts for any complete introductory course in Computer Science.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262560993
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/21/1995
Series: The MIT Press
Edition description: fourth edition
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,059,555
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel P. Friedman is Professor of Computer Science in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University and is the author of many books published by the MIT Press, including The Little Schemer and The Seasoned Schemer (with Matthias Felleisen); The Little Prover (with Carl Eastlund); and The Reasoned Schemer (with William E. Byrd, Oleg Kiselyov, and Jason Hemann).

Matthias Felleisen is Trustee Professor in the College of Computer Science at Northeastern University.

Table of Contents

Toys
Do It, Do It Again, and Again, and Again
Cons the Magnificent
Numbers Games
*Oh My Gawd*: It's Full of Stars
Shadows
Friends and Relations
Lambda the Ultimate
and Again, and Again, and Again,
What Is the Value of All This?
Intermission
IndeX

What People are Saying About This

Byte - Gregg Williams

I learned more about LISP from this book than I have from any of the other LISP books I've read over the years.... While other books will tell you the mechanics of LISP, they can leave you largely uninformed on the style of problem-solving for which LISP is optimized. The Little LISPer teaches you how to think in the LISP language... an inexpensive, enjoyable introduction.

From the Publisher

"I learned more about LISP from this book than I have from any of the other LISPbooks I've read over the years.... While other books will tell you the mechanics of LISP, they can leave you largely uninformed on the style of problem-solving for which LISP is optimized. The LittleLISPer teaches you how to think in the LISP language... an inexpensive, enjoyable introduction."Gregg Williams, Byte

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tlockney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I gave this a quick read a few years back, but didn't work through all the examples. I'm planning to re-read it, along with it's more recent brethren, in the near future, working through all the exercises along the way.
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