Why use Perl when we've got Python?!

Tim Peters tim_one at email.msn.com
Sat Aug 28 10:11:57 CEST 1999


[Kent Polk]
> I believe you are thinking of Al'Khwarizmi, who wrote the book
> "Hisab al-jabr w'al-muqabala". 'Algebra' came from 'al-jabr' and
> 'Algorithm' came from the name Al'Khwarizmi.

Nonsense.  Everyone knows 'Algorithm' came from Al Gore, Vice President of the
United States and Inventor of the Internet.

> Later Greeks certainly appear to have used the concept of
> variables, but did have not the algebraic notation.

Well, at least you got *that* part right <wink>.

and-john-backus-is-the-god-of-wine-or-something-like-that-ly y'rs  - tim






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