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NYC LOCAL: Tuesday 9 September 2003 Lisp NYC: Anton Stratten on the Lamb
NYC LOCAL: Tuesday 9 September 2003 Lisp NYC: Anton Stratten on the Lambda Calculus
9 Sep 2003 01:52:56 -0400
Tuesday 9 September 2003 on the Island of the Manahattoes, Anton Stratten
will present to Lisp NYC the lambda calculus.
Alonzo Church discovered the lambda calculus in the 1930s in the course of
work on the foundations of mathematics. The lambda calculus is a theory of
the operations of "substitution", called in the literature "abstraction",
and "function application". Starting from an infinite supply of
"variables", one may build up a large and complicated set of "expressions"
by applying "substitutions" and "function applications" at whim. The set
of expressions obeys a few salient and simple laws. This structure of
expressions with their two operations of substitution and application is
"the lambda calculus".
Here are a few paragraphs by Gian-Carlo Rota on Alonzo Church:
Here is the first edition of Henk Barendregt's standard work:
And here is Professor Barendregt's page:
Official Lisp NYC announcement and some correspondence below.
Upcoming NYC Lisp Outreach Classes, Campaigns, and Gatherings:
Kenny Tilton will teach a class in Common Lisp. Kenny is not only a
master hacker, he is a canny teacher, and I unreservedly recommend this
class to all who wish to understand Lisp. See Kenny's invitation below.
RoboCup Struggle Continues! To find out what RoboCup is and what
Lisp NYC is doing, go to
The International Lisp Conference 2003 will meet in New York City at the
New Yorker Hotel. Raymond de Lacaze of Lisp NYC is the organizer of this
unusual and important event. John McCarthy, author of Lisp, will address
Jay Sulzberger <address@hidden>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [Lisp] [ANNC] Lisp NYC September meeting, featuring Anton on
the Lambda Calculus
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 17:36:59 -0400
From: Kenny Tilton <address@hidden>
To: "'address@hidden'" <address@hidden>
Boy do we have a good one this month. Gonna have a white board and
everything, and you'll even be able to hear because we have arranged a
new location for this special occasion.
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Place: (Kenny's apt) 171 West 73rd St, Apt 4, NYC 10023
Hint: buzzers unlabeled; you'll need to remember "4".
Phone: 212-724-7410 or 646-269-1077
Directions: Just east of Asterdam/Broadway, three blocks south of Time
Out, the usual venue. Take the 1,2,3, or 9 to 72nd st, use the 79th/Boat
Basin exit off the West Side Highway.
Topic: The Lambda Calculus
Speaker: Anton van Straaten
Anton is a consultant and software developer with a strong interest in
the design and development of programming languages. He has developed
award-winning language products and tools, such as "Class(y)", which
added full object-oriented language capabilities to the Clipper database
language, complete with multiple inheritance and a meta-object protocol.
Anton's research during this development led him to study the formal
foundations of programming languages, including the lambda calculus,
type theory, and denotational semantics. Anton considers these subjects
to have much greater relevance to practical programming than is commonly
realized, and enjoys sharing his perspective.
His Web site is: http://www.appsolutions.com/anton/lang.html
We'll cruise out afterwards to close the usual bars. <g>
"Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from
Sandy Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets."
-- Bob Uecker
Lisp mailing list
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From: "Anton van Straaten" <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: [ANNC] Lisp NYC September meeting, featuring Anton on the Lambda
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 22:02:20 GMT
Kenny Tilton wrote:
> Boy do we have a good one this month. Gonna have a white board and
> everything, and you'll even be able to hear because we have arranged a
> new location for this special occasion.
> Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2003
> Time: 7PM
> Place: (Kenny's apt) 171 West 73rd St, Apt 4, NYC 10023
> Hint: buzzers unlabeled; you'll need to remember "4".
> Phone: 212-724-7410 or 646-269-1077
> Directions: Just east of Asterdam/Broadway, three blocks south of Time
> Out, the usual venue. Take the 1,2,3, or 9 to 72nd st, use the 79th/Boat
> Basin exit off the West Side Highway.
> Refreshments: BYOB
> Topic: The Lambda Calculus
> Speaker: Anton van Straaten
Just to expand on this a little, the full description of the topic is:
"Lambda calculus and its historical & technical connection to Lisp."
Since this is for Lisp NYC, the talk will include small illustrative
examples in Common Lisp. However, anyone with a programming background
should have no difficulty following along.
what="Heow Eide-Goodman quotes Kenny Tilton's invitation"
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Date: 03 Sep 2003 19:27:34 -0400
From: Heow Eide-Goodman <address@hidden>
Reply-To: NYLUG discussion list <address@hidden>
To: NYLUG discussion list <address@hidden>
Subject: [nylug-talk] Learning Lisp with Kenny! FREE Lisp Classes
Kenny Tilton, Lisp developer extraordinaire is offering FREE LISP
Learn up-close, all about one of the most powerful languages by a
long-time convert who has not once regretted his choice of technologies.
Per "Hella-Sweet" Kenny:
> One or two nights a week. BYO computer or use one of mine.
> BYO code to work on, or we can work thru the lisp text of
> your choice. (But do snag one, or find something on-line
> you want to follow.)
> btw, don't be shy. I enjoy teaching and am accustomed to
> helping folks at different levels of experience. Anyone
> prepared to make the effort will have a good time.
> Peer-tutoring is cool, so you can also help each other, and
> other strong lispniks are welcome to drop in.
> If you are interested, please let me know which evening(s)
> are best for you. (Tuesdays seem to be taken already.)
> email: ktilton at nyc.rr.com
> The location will be: 171 West 73rd St, NYC 10023, just
> east of Amsterdam Ave.
LispNYC.org is also gearing up for the Modern Software Technology
Conference, aka the International Lisp Conference
(http://www.international-lisp-conference.org) right here in New York
City where we will be competing in the Robocup Simulation League
Competition. There's plenty of fun things to do, including an entry
which is essentially "coding robots for newbies".
...and yes, you CAN do it all with Free Software as there will be
Knoppix-based Lisp Development CDs available for all interested.
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