|Developer(s)||Martinus J. G. Veltman, Netherlands|
|Initial release||1967, 51–52 years ago|
|Written in||Assembly language|
|Platform||Atari, Amiga, Sun 3/60, NeXT, and Macintosh computers, with 680x0 CPUs|
|Type||Computer algebra system|
"Schoonschip" refers to the Dutch expression "schoon schip maken": to make a clean sweep, to clean/clear things up (literally: to make the ship clean). The name was chosen "among others to annoy everybody, who could not speak Dutch".
Veltman initially developed the program to compute the quadrupole moment of the W boson, the computation of which involved "a monstrous expression involving in the order of 50,000 terms in intermediate stages" 
The initial version, dating to December 1963, ran on an IBM 7094 mainframe. In 1966 it was ported to the CDC 6600 mainframe, and later to most of the rest of Control Data's CDC line. In 1983 it was ported to the Motorola 68000 microprocessor, allowing its use on a number of 68000-based systems running variants of Unix.
FORM can be regarded, in a sense, as the successor to Schoonschip.
- Computer Algebra in Particle Physics Stefan Weinzierl
- Nobel Lecture by Martinus J.G. Veltman held on December 8, 1999 "From Weak Interactions to Gravitation", p. 4 of the paper
Martinus J. G. Veltman and David N. Williams (9 June 1993). "Schoonschip '91" (PDF). Cite journal requires
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- Close, Frank (2011) The Infinity Puzzle. Oxford University Press. Describes the historical context of and rationale for 'Schoonschip' (Chapter 11: "And Now I Introduce Mr 't Hooft")
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