[plt-scheme] PLT Scheme and SICP

From: Benjamin L. Russell (dekudekuplex at yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Apr 20 23:44:52 EDT 2008

Indeed.  I've always had at least one copy, and
occasionally two copies (one from MIT Press, and the
other from McGraw-Hill) of SICP at home, and tried to
do more exercises whenever I've had enough free time
to concentrate.

The Forward and Preface to the First Edition of that
book are highly inspirational.  In particular, the
characterization of the study of computation in the
latter as a "procedural epistemology" (see
has always inspired me.  Yes, all computer scientists
are also epistemologists--the only point where I would
disagree with the book is that I see some as being of
the declarative flavor, and not just the procedural
one.  Not all declarative epistemologists are

I was surprised to read that Eli Bendersky skipped
some of the SICP exercises.  I had always tried to do
every single exercise, with the unfortunate result of
getting stuck and not easily being able to proceed
further on some.  Since it is apparently possible to
skip some of the exercises and still essentially
complete the book, I am now tempted to resume this

Eli's story is very motivating....

Benjamin L. Russell

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