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The Lambda Calculus in Notepad

The Lambda Calculus is a system of logic created by Alonzo Church in 1929 to express theorems in a minimal system with a consistent set of rules. The Lambda Calculus is sufficient to compute any mathematical formula that we can evaluate, or to run any program that we could give a computer. It can even run its own rules. And it does it all with search and replace; functions readily executed in Notepad.

In this talk, we explore computer language design from the perspective of The Lambda Calculus. We build up a system of computation, data structures, and algorithms. And we do it all in Notepad!

Attached is the output of the first presentation of this talk, at the Dallas Functional Programmers. November 23, 2015.