Lectures on a Calculus for Communicating Systems

  • Robin Milner
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Study Edition book series (volume 14)

Abstract

Sequential computation, which until quite recently was the only mode of computation available in well-known programming languages, has a well-established model theory. This fact owes much to the lambda-calculus, which existed long before any notion of implementing a programming language. Yet the primary purpose of the lambda calculus was to study evaluation or execution; it was (and is) a paradigm for evaluation, in the same way that the predicate calculus is a paradigm for deduction. More recently, and largely due to Dana Scott, the model theory of the lambda calculus has grown and has been harmonised with its evaluation theory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin Milner
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceEdinburgh UniversityEdinburghUK

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