Monday, September 10, 2007

Computer languages

The Artist and the Mathematician
Amir D. Aczel

A semi-secret society named Oulipo was formed in November 1960, in France. Its members composed “thousands of poems and sonnets, many of them based on mathematical concepts of combinations and permutations of nouns, verbs, and letters,” informs Amir D. Aczel in ‘The Artist and the Mathematician’ ( “Computers were just beginning to be available at the time the group began its work in the early 1960s, and computer languages, especially ALGOL, were receiving much attention from the public.”

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