Talk:Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

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Have you read your SICP today? —Preceding unsigned comment added by DarklyCute (talkcontribs) 01:16, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

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What's this book's relation to the Little Schemer? --maru (talk) contribs 01:31, 14 March 2006 (UTC)

The Little Schemer (and it's forerunner The Little LISPer) has it's own style and wasn't inspired by SICP's style, at least not in the same way the other books mentioned were. Chiok 17:05, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

With Julie Sussman?[edit]

Why the phrase "with Julie Sussman"? Is she regarded a contributor, rather than a full coauthor? Qwertyus 21:36, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

Well, she's not listed as an author on the textbook, but she is an author on the teacher's supplement. rspeer / ɹəədsɹ 17:25, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Is not listed where? On the book [1] it says "Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman" and in the Library of Congress Online Catalog MARC tags the main author field is "Abelson, Harold." and there are additional fields for both "Sussman, Gerald Jay." and "Sussman, Julie." --TuukkaH 17:42, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Oh right - the cover actually does say "with Julie Sussman". Hadn't noticed that. I guess that's what you were asking about in the first place. I don't know what the distinction is, but it certainly implies that Julie isn't a "full coauthor" on it. rspeer / ɹəədsɹ 18:25, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
Funny: Sussman's other book, Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics, is written by Gerald Jay Sussman and Jack Wisdom, with Meinhard E. Mayer. Qwertyus 19:00, 19 March 2006 (UTC)
The ideas and the general structure of the book came from the course developed by Hal and Gerry, who are professors at MIT. Julie, who is both a computer programmer and a professional writer, edited the book and made quite significant contributions to its ultimate content, in addition to writing the Instructor's Manual. Briankharvey (talk) 06:54, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

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Disambiguation page[edit]

I'd like to suggest redirecting "SICP" here by default. "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs" is a much more popular expansion of "SICP" than "St. Ignatius College Prep". —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:06, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

I agree. It should at least be on the disambiguation page. I tried searching for this page just typing SCIP on the search bar and not finding the link to my surprise PuercoPop (talk) 09:07, 2 December 2012 (UTC)
Absolutely. How is such a decision made? SICP should point directly to this page, with a "for other uses..." pointing to the disambiguation page. Briankharvey (talk) 06:55, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
Done, as of this edit (SICP), note added in this edit (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs).
—Nils von Barth (nbarth) (talk) 02:50, 5 April 2014 (UTC)


SICP is noted for assuming a high level of mathematical knowledge (e.g. "The Structure and Interpretation of the Computer Science Curriculum") as would be appropriate for an MIT engineering student but not for an average reader or US college freshman. What were the prerequisites for 6.001? Is it worth noting this in the article? (talk) 21:08, 3 September 2010 (UTC)

6.001 was a freshman course with no prerequisites. (Of course, MIT does have freshman year requirements, so in practice most took calculus in high school, and the others took it at the same time as 001.) At Berkeley, during the dot-com bubble we actually enforced what was always listed as a prerequisite: programming experience that includes recursion. Students with no prior experience took another (also Scheme-based) course before the SICP course. Briankharvey (talk) 07:01, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Can someone add a picture?[edit]

I'm not sure what fair use is, so i don't want to do it myself. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:04, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

CC license?[edit]

The home page of SICP says the book is licensed under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, but the second page of the HTML version of the book says it's licensed under the CC BY-NC 3.0 Unported. So what's the real license of the book? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:02, 28 November 2012 (UTC)