William Byrd on "The Most Beautiful Program Ever Written" [PWL NYC]

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William E. Byrd "explores what he considers to be the most beautiful program ever written---a Lisp interpreter written in Lisp---and a few of the many amazing ideas related to this metacircular interpreter."


- The Little Schemer by Daniel P. Friedman and Matthias Felleisen
- Essentials of Programming Languages by Daniel P. Friedman and Mitchell Wand
- John McCarthy's Recursive functions of symbolic expressions and their computation by machine, Part I
- LISP 1.5 Programmer's Manual by John McCarthy, Paul W. Abrahams, Daniel J. Edwards, Timothy P. Hart and Michael I. Levin (see especially page 13!)
- John McCarthy's A micro-manual for LISP - not the whole truth
- "Maxwell's equations of software" examined by Ken Shirriff
- Lisp as the Maxwell’s equations of software by Michael Nielsen
- miniKanren, live and untagged: quine generation via relational interpreters (programming pearl) by William E. Byrd, Eric Holk, and Daniel P. Friedman
- The Reflective Language Black by Asai, Kenichi
- Programming Should Eat Itself by Nada Amin, Strange Loop, 2014

William E. Byrd (@webyrd) is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. He is co-author of 'The Reasoned Schemer', and is co-designer of the miniKanren relational programming language. He loves StarCraft (BW & SC2). Ask him about the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) he is building.