[racket-dev] A curious question about quote

From: Joe Marshall (jmarshall at alum.mit.edu)
Date: Wed Jan 26 17:17:17 EST 2011

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 8:02 AM, J. Ian Johnson <ianj at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
> Hello all. I have a historical question about quoted constants. Does anyone know why '1 = 1? My intuition is that this is an artifact of conflating quote with list constructors. Is that indeed the case?

I doubt it.  More likely it was when someone realized that if (quote 1) is not
the number 1, then everyone would be confused.  What else would it be?


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