Can Programming Be Liberated from the von Neumann Style?

This is an episode of Thoughts on Functional Programming, a podcast by Eric Normand.

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In 1977, John Backus presented an algebraic vision of programming that departed from the von Neumann fetch-and-store semantics. This seminal paper has influenced functional programming in many ways. In this episode, I read excerpts from and comment on John Backus's 1977 Turing Award Lecture paper Can Programming Be Liberated from the von Neumann Style? A Functional Style and Its Algebra of Programs.

Short biography - Turin Award Lecture