I like quotes.
Starting today I will post a quote every week. I kick of with a quote of Alan Perlis on the first page of SICP.
I think that it’s extraordinarily important that we in computer science keep fun in computing. When it started out, it was an awful lot of fun. Of course, the paying customers got shafted every now and then, and after a while we began to take their complaints seriously. We began to feel as if we really were responsible for the successful, error-free perfect use of these machines. I don’t think we are. I think we’re responsible for stretching them, setting them off in new directions, and keeping fun in the house. I hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun. Above all, I hope we don’t become missionaries. Don’t feel as if you’re Bible salesmen. The world has too many of those already. What you know about computing other people will learn. Don’t feel as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What's in your hands, I think and hope, is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that you can make it more.
– Alan J. Perlis (April 1, 1922-February 7, 1990)
Alan Perlis's quote inspires me to not evangelize a technology and just enjoy writing code. Together. Everyone is learning and there is no silver bullet.
The fourth chapter of Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp on the General Problem Solver.
The chapter starts with a quote by Herbert Simon, a Nobel Prize winner and one of the inventors of the General Problem Solver (GPS):
This is the chapter of Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp (PAIP) that dives into Common Lisp syntax.
The chapter starts with a quote by Guy L. Steele, Jr.:
After some vacation and working on other things I finally got round to Chapter 2 of Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming: Case Studies in Common Lisp (PAIP).
The chapter starts with a quote by the Italian royal historiographer Giovanni Battista Vico (1668-1744):
From my parents I received the book Paradigms of Artificial Intelligence Programming by Peter Norvig for my 28th birthday.
PAIP is a classic with high standard Common Lisp code to solve problems in artificial intelligence. The coming year I will study this book.
There are 25 chapters and there are 52 weeks till 13 July 2017. This means I have to finish a chapter roughly every two weeks.