Xah's Edu Corner: Under the spell of Leibniz's dream

Rob Warnock rpw3 at rpw3.org
Mon Aug 20 07:25:26 CEST 2007


Twisted  <twisted0n3 at gmail.com> wrote:
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| > "Under the spell of Leibniz's dream" (2000) By Edsger W
| >  Dijkstrahttp://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/ewd12xx/EWD1298.PDF
| 
| A link to a copy in a non-toxic format would be nice.
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Well, the fact of the matter is that the bulk of Dijkstra's
"EWD" papers were written *long* before the web existed, typed
on a favorite manual typewriter which he continued using for the
remainder of his professional life. <http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/>
has more details on the more than one thousand "EWD"s he wrote.
Until very recently, the *only* source for these documents was
either in hardback technical books (for the few that were published)
or in the PDF bitmaps of scans of the original manually-typed pages,
which the University of Texas at Austin has generously made [and
even after Dijkstra's death continues to make] available on-line.

However, a *few* but "growing number of the PDF bitmap documents
have been transcribed to make them searchable and accessible to
visitors who are visually impaired." If you would care to volunteer
[as over sixty others have done] to contribute to the transcriptions,
see <http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/transcriptions/invitation.html>.

Otherwise, just count your blessings that these gems are available
at all...


-Rob

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