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Lord of Lisp

While digital culture around the world was mourning the untimely death of Steve Jobs this month, another  towering innovator slipped away unnoticed. John McCarthy’s, who deserved the “genius” designation at least as much as Jobs did, was a professor at MIT  in the 1950s when he invented the now obscure LISt Processing programming language (LISP), which laid the conceptual basis for the representational power of computation as we know it today. 

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