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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition
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  • Title Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition
  • Author(s) Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 2 edition (July 25, 1996); eBook (Creative Commons Edition)
  • License(s): CC BY-SA 4.0
  • Hardcover 657 pages
  • eBook HTML, PDF (883 pages), ePub, and Kindle, etc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262011530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262011532
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Book Description

Using Scheme, a dialect of the Lisp programming language, the book explains core computer science concepts.

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs has had a dramatic impact on computer science curricula over the past decade. This long-awaited revision contains changes throughout the text.

There are new implementations of most of the major programming systems in the book, including the interpreters and compilers, and the authors have incorporated many small changes that reflect their experience teaching the course at MIT since the first edition was published.

A new theme has been introduced that emphasizes the central role played by different approaches to dealing with time in computational models: objects with state, concurrent programming, functional programming and lazy evaluation, and nondeterministic programming. There are new example sections on higher-order procedures in graphics and on applications of stream processing in numerical programming, and many new exercises.

In addition, all the programs have been reworked to run in any Scheme implementation that adheres to the IEEE standard.

About the Authors
  • Harold 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.
  • Gerald Jay Sussman is the Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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