logic computing a formalized description of functions and the way in which they combine, developed by Alonzo Church and used in the theory of certain high-level programming languages
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Why are zero and the letter “O” both circles? The answer involves both science and mysticism
Long, long ago, typewriters made no distinction between the number 0 and the letter O. While the two share the same shape, the origin of both number and letter are quite different. Let’s look at the distinct astrological and optical inspirations that created these seemingly identical symbols. Derived from the Semitic letter ayin and inspired by the circular eye-shaped Egyptian hieroglyph for “eye,” the letter O …
Word Origin for lambda calculus
C20: from the use of the symbol lambda (λ) to represent the mathematical functions
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