Talk:Edsger W. Dijkstra

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Clarification[edit]

Someone please clarify the sentence "In a 2001 interview, he stated a desire for "elegance," whereby the correct approach would be to process thoughts mentally, rather than attempt to render them until they are complete.". It is unclear to me what is meant by that statement.

Isn't it rather self-explanatory? The elegance Dijkstra stood for was a(n applied) variant of mathematical elegance. He rejected the anglo-saxon concept of iterative learning (= repeat until success has been reached). Before you started doing something he wanted you to know where you were planning to go and how you were going to do so. You shouldn't begin writing down a sentence before you knew exactly how it was going to end,...You could suspect that the 'backspace' and 'delete' key on a keyboard were abominations to him, because they encouraged slopiness. So the main idea is that you should always structure your thought mentally before outputting anything into the physical world.

Reverse Polish Notation[edit]

The part where it says "Among his contributions to computer science are ... Reverse Polish Notation and related Shunting yard algorithm" may induce to think that he invented the notation. While he did invent the Shunting yard algorithm, the notation was actually invented by the Australian philosopher and early computer scientist Charles L. Hamblin in mid 1950s. (Source) -- Marco Lackovic (talk) 15:24, 15 November 2012 (UTC)

No, it was invented in the 1920s by Tarski et al., who were Polish mathematicians and logicians. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 180.219.33.15 (talk) 01:46, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

The notation was invented in 1924 by Jan Łukasiewicz. SamuelTheGhost (talk) 11:34, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Missing source[edit]

"Looking closely at himself he realized that if he wrote about things they would appreciate at the MC in Amsterdam his colleagues in Eindhoven would not understand; if he wrote about things they would like in Eindhoven, his former colleagues in Amsterdam would look down on him." — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.171.57.121 (talk) 03:09, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Very long infobox[edit]

The "known for" portion of the infobox is much too long. While I don't doubt that Dijikstra is known for these things, influential as he is, infoboxes are meant for at-a-glance information about a subject which is expanded on in the article. Only his most popular contributions should be noted there. Please see Help:Infobox#What should an infobox not contain?. Opencooper (talk) 00:07, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

Over-quotation[edit]

@Beyond My Ken: Please don't remove cleanup templates without addressing the issues. This template does not require talk page discussion unlike {{POV}} nor is that stated anywhere in the template documentation. Quite frankly it's very clear how the template applies and it helpfully links you to an essay with further explanation. Lastly, Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information, especially not whole sections devoted to quotes, which is what Wikiquote is for. Opencooper (talk) 00:39, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

You are incorrect. All cleanup templates require talk page discussion, or they remain the opinion of a single editor. If you think there are too many quotes, get a consensus to clean them out, but don't disfigure the page with a tag that may or may not be warranted. BMK (talk) 01:25, 4 March 2016 (UTC)
Please do point me to the policy where it says that all cleanup templates require talk page discussion first. I've also explained now how it's applicable so how about you start to actually discuss that instead of worrying about the "disfiguration" of a page over the improvement of the article itself? Opencooper (talk) 02:58, 4 March 2016 (UTC)