I've always understood the 58 in Algol 58 to indicate the year of its origin, which would be a couple years after IPL, but I'm no historian. The bit of checking I've done suggests this is correct.
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From: Adrian Walker <adriandwalker@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 6:55 PM
Subject: Re: [ontolog-forum] IBM Watson's Final Jeopardy error "explanation"
Further nigling point -- did not ALGOL with recursion precede IPL? ALGOL also had array bound checking -- think of all the buffer overflow attacks that could have been prevented!
On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM, Christopher Menzel <cmenzel@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Feb 17, 2011, at 12:37 PM, John F. Sowa wrote:
> 1. Just look at LISP, which contributed the if-then-else statement,
> recursion, lambda expressions, metalanguage, garbage collection,
> the ability to write an interpreter or compiler of a language
> in itself, etc.
Niggling historical point: IPL had recursion a couple of years before LISP.
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