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.''

from Marvin Minsky/Inventive Minds

- A collection of Marvin Minsky's essays on education. I contributed an introduction and the essays are introduced by some stellar figures, including Hal Abelson and Alan Kay.

from Technic and Magic

- How metacircular. SICP (aka "Wizard Book")'s cover art is more apt than I knew.

from living fictions

- – Sussman & Abelson, SICP, p1

from powerful abstraction

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- 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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