The Little Schemer, Fourth Edition

by Friedman, Felleisen

ISBN: 9780262303873 | Copyright 1995

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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.

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Contents (pg. viii)
Foreword (pg. x)
Preface (pg. xii)
1. Toys (pg. 2)
2. Do It, Do It Again, and Again, and Again... (pg. 14)
3. Cons the Magnificent (pg. 32)
4. Numbers Games (pg. 58)
5. *Oh My Gawd*: It's Full of Stars (pg. 80)
6. Shadows (pg. 96)
7. Friends and Relations (pg. 110)
8. Lambda the Ultimate (pg. 124)
9. ...and Again, and Again, and Again,... (pg. 148)
10. What Is the Value of All of This? (pg. 174)
Intermission (pg. 192)
Index (pg. 194)

Mattheias Felleisen

Matthias Felleisen is Trustee Professor of Computer Science at Northeastern University, recipient of the Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, and co-author (with Daniel Friedman) of The Little Schemer and three other "Little" books published by the MIT Press.


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