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Re: Mathematica and Lisp

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  • Subject: [mg129428] Re: Mathematica and Lisp
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:52:10 -0500 (EST)
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To say that one can better master Mathematica by learning Lisp seems as 
far-fetched to me as saying that to master writing English one should 
learn Old High German.

Better spend you time on learning Mathematica itself. The available 
resources are abundant -- indeed, even overwhelmingly so . Take a look, 
e.g., at the resources listed at:

Of course if you have other reasons for (re)learning Lisp, that's a different matter.

On Jan 11, 2013, at 10:24 PM, amzoti <amzoti at> wrote:

> Hi All,
> It is clear the Mathematica uses Lisp as one of the example programming paradigms it pulls from and I have a general question regarding this.
> Many moons ago I took a Lisp class and was awful at it (Lisp was very new), but through Mathematica, have to come to understand the gat power and utility of it.
> Would it be helpful to learn Lisp in order to improve programming skills in Mathematica?
> If so, what Lisp books would you recommend?
> What variant of Lisp would you recommend using for practice - Common Lisp, Scheme, or Clojure? Would Mathematica itself be a better choice (I am not sure if it supports all the Lisp language constructs and such).
> What about Haskell?
> Any insights and guidance are appreciated.

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