A few decades before modern computers were invented, the mathematician Alonzo Church developed a language called the lambda calculus. He intended it as a tool for investigating the foundations of mathematics. The first person to realize the practical connection between programming and the lambda calculus was John McCarthy, who created Lisp in 1958.
— Real World Haskell
— by Bryan O’Sullivan, Don Stewart, and John Goerzen
2010.12.01 Wednesday ACHK