LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual
by John McCarthy
Publisher: The MIT Press 1985
Number of pages: 116
The LISP language is designed primarily for symbolic data processing used for symbolic calculations in differential and integral calculus, electrical circuit theory, mathematical logic, game playing, and other fields of artificial intelligence. The manual describes LISP, a formal mathematical language.
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