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Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

A wonderful book that enables one to understand more than just computer programs. It is available for free thanks to the generosity and vision of the authors ... but you can buy it too!

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Wizard Book n. Hal Abelson's, Jerry Sussman's and Julie Sussman's Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (MIT Press, 1984; ISBN 0-262-01077-1), an excellent computer science text used in introductory courses at MIT. So called because of the wizard on the jacket. One of the bibles of the LISP/Scheme world. Also, less commonly, known as the Purple Book.
This site is a companion to the influential computer-science text Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, by Abelson, Sussman, and Sussman. Its purpose is to demonstrate the Web's potential to be a channel for innovative support for textbook users.
The material on this site is aimed at instructors using SICP as a course text, and at people using the book for self-study.
https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/sicp/index.html

Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (SICP) is a computer science textbook by Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman with Julie Sussman. It is known as the Wizard Book in hacker culture. It teaches fundamental principles of computer programming, including recursion, abstraction, modularity, and programming language design and implementation.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Structure_and_Interpretation_of_Computer_Programs