13.0535 recursion

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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 535.
          Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

            Date: Sat, 8 Apr 2000 01:01:03 -0400 (EDT)
            From: Francois Lachance <lachance@chass.utoronto.ca>
            Subject: Function:Procedure::Recursion:Iteration

    An open invitation opens:

    David McKelvie, Human Communciation Research Centre (Edinburgh, UK) has
    written that "in functional languages one uses recursion rather than

    As Humanist's aniversary approaches, I wonder if some of its subscribers
    would venture the expression of thoughts as to how procedural languages
    may have influenced the shaping of Humanities Computing.

    An opened invitation opens some more::

    As Humanist's aniversary has begun to be approached, I have begun to
    contemplate if the time is not at hand for ask a peculiar question:

    Is it the case that the question "how does the use of computers affect
    reading" emerges at a time of scarcity of machines and is it the case that
    the opposite question "how does reading affect the use of computers"
    emerges at a time when the technology is distributed more widely? If it
    is the case or even if the case is entertained as an enabling fiction,
    what type of history can be derived from such an observation?

    To begin again:
    Is the nature of loops different in functional and procedure languages?
    Does the end end differently when both the affirmation of enabling
    fictions and the fictionalization of affirmation is permitted?

    To end once more:
    what is the mythic dimension of the history of Humanist?


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