Subject: Re: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 03:34:25 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Ed L Cashin
| I don't know what all the fuss is about.
| A good encyclopedia is likely to have good editors who would welcome
| an accurate, well-presented correction, no matter who presents it.

  One of the more interesting things that have been uncovered by this
  discussion is that nobody has ever even _tried_ to communicate with the
  editors of any existing reference works to update the entries on (Common)
  Lisp from the 1960's version they mostly have today.  Small wonder nobody
  has published anything "better" -- those who could have helped them have
  refrained from doing so.  The "fuss" is about getting to the point where
  the (Common) Lisp communicate can actually talk to these editors.

  I have been reluctant to write something on my own and asked for some
  guidance from those who have already tried and succeeded -- now I know
  that they do not exist.  This has frankly surprised me a bit -- there
  have been enough complaints here about how _unfairly_ Lisp has been
  treated, yet nobody have been angered enough by the unfairness to act.

  Norway is now run by a priest from the fundamentalist Christian People's
  Party, the fifth largest party representing one eighth of the electorate.
  The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers.   -- Richard Hamming