Lisp: Functions, Recursion, and Lists
Lisp is the medium of choice for people who enjoy free style and flexibility.
Gerald J. Sussman
A Lisp programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing.
Lisp is a historically important language that is good for illustrating a number of general points about programming languages. Because Lisp is very different from procedure-oriented and object-oriented languages you may use more frequently, this chapter may help you think about programming in a different way. Lisp shows that many goals of programming language design can be met in a simple, elegant way.
3.1 LISP HISTORY
The Lisp programming language was developed at MIT in the late 1950s for research in artificial intelligence ...