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Re: Small time coding [Was: Re: About Visual Basic [Was: Industry versus academia]]

Shriram Krishnamurthi wrote:
> Bill Gosper used to say that what would he would find truly useful
> would be the *inverse* of Mathematica (or, as he'd put it, of
> Macsyma).  You want a program that takes as its input a term, and
> tells you what is interesting about it.  For instance, you might enter
> a number to which it responds, "Ah yes -- that's pi^2/e with a few
> bits on the side".  Such a program would be the ultimately expansive
> code generator.  A non-deterministic language, too.

Perhaps such a program would be called Ramanujan.

-- Paul