# SICP

26 Mar 2021 08:18 - 11 Apr 2021 10:17

- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Hal Abelson and Jerry Sussman. In olden times, used as the text for the first course in MIT's CS program. Uses Scheme (a Lisp dialect) which gives it a certain timeless feel

Underlying our approach to this subject is our conviction that "computer science'' is not a science and that its significance has little to do with computers. The computer revolution is a revolution in the way we think and in the way we express what we think. The essence of this change is the emergence of what might best be called

*procedural epistemology*-- the study of the structure of knowledge from an imperative point of view, as opposed to the more declarative point of view taken by classical mathematical subjects. Mathematics provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "what is.'' Computation provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "how to.''- – from the Preface

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from living fictions

- – Sussman & Abelson, SICP, p1

from procedural thinking

- SICP
Underlying our approach to this subject is our conviction that "computer science'' is not a science and that its significance has little to do with computers. The computer revolution is a revolution in the way we think and in the way we express what we think. The essence of this change is the emergence of what might best be called

*procedural epistemology*-- the study of the structure of knowledge from an imperative point of view, as opposed to the more declarative point of view taken by classical mathematical subjects. Mathematics provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "what is.'' Computation provides a framework for dealing precisely with notions of "how to.''