Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Advanced introduction to computer science and programming.

Publication date: 25 Jul 1996

ISBN-10: 0262011530

ISBN-13: 9780262011532

Paperback: 657 pages

Views: 29,902

Type: N/A

Publisher: The MIT Press

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Post time: 30 Oct 2004 01:22:42

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs Advanced introduction to computer science and programming.
Tag(s): Introduction to Computer Science
Publication date: 25 Jul 1996
ISBN-10: 0262011530
ISBN-13: 9780262011532
Paperback: 657 pages
Views: 29,902
Document Type: N/A
Publisher: The MIT Press
License: n/a
Post time: 30 Oct 2004 01:22:42
Book excerpts:

The material in The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs has been the basis of MIT's entry-level computer science subject since 1980. Most of the students who attend this subject have had little or no prior formal training in computation.

Readers who complete this book should have a good feel for the elements of style and the aesthetics of programming. They should have command of the major techniques for controlling complexity in a large system. They should be capable of reading a 50-page-long program, if it is written in an exemplary style. They should know what not to read, and what they need not understand at any moment. They should feel secure about modifying a program, retaining the spirit and style of the original author.

This book uses Scheme - a dialect of Lisp - but it doesn't formally teach the language. The purpose of this book is not to deal with the syntactic details of the language, but rather to get on with the real issues - figuring out what to compute, how to decompose problems into manageable parts, and how to work on the parts.

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About The Author(s)


Harold "Hal" Abelson is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a fellow of the IEEE, and a founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation. Abelson holds an AB degree from Princeton University and obtained a PhD degree in mathematics from MIT under the tutelage of mathematician Dennis Sullivan.

Harold Abelson

Harold "Hal" Abelson is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, a fellow of the IEEE, and a founding director of both Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation. Abelson holds an AB degree from Princeton University and obtained a PhD degree in mathematics from MIT under the tutelage of mathematician Dennis Sullivan.


Gerald Jay Sussman (February 8, 1947) is the Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his S.B. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from MIT in 1968 and 1973 respectively. He has been involved in artificial intelligence research at MIT since 1964. His research has centered on understanding the problem-solving strategies used by scientists and engineers, with the goals of automating parts of the process and formalizing it to provide more effective methods of science and engineering education. Sussman has also worked in computer languages, in computer architecture and in VLSI design.

Gerald Jay Sussman

Gerald Jay Sussman (February 8, 1947) is the Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his S.B. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from MIT in 1968 and 1973 respectively. He has been involved in artificial intelligence research at MIT since 1964. His research has centered on understanding the problem-solving strategies used by scientists and engineers, with the goals of automating parts of the process and formalizing it to provide more effective methods of science and engineering education. Sussman has also worked in computer languages, in computer architecture and in VLSI design.


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