[Haskell-cafe] David Turner quote on lisp and FP

Sean Leather sean.leather at gmail.com
Thu Mar 12 07:46:37 UTC 2015

On Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 9:20 AM, Rustom Mody wrote:

> For those who may be interested here is another curiosity:
> http://www.infoq.com/interviews/Steele-Interviews-John-McCarthy
> wherein McCarthy attributes the idea of functional programming to Fortran
> and Backus  -- I must say I find that striking -- how things have turned in
> 50 years!

That makes sense. See Backus's language “FP” and “Can Programming Be
Liberated from the von Neumann Style? A Functional Style and Its Algebra
of Programs” (http://web.stanford.edu/class/cs242/readings/backus.pdf ).

> All this is towards a lecture on programming paradigms that I am preparing.

Good luck! :)

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