This material has NOT been updated from the original 1984 text
which I found it completely by accident in a tarball at this address:
http://venus.deis.unical.it/manuals/llisp/index.html. There are
many errors and typos, and the version of lisp (P-Lisp, which
ran on the Apple II) predates commonlisp, and no longer exists. So I
strongly encourage you not to actually use this to learn
Lisp! -- Jeff Shrager,
The original tarball: [112 Kb]
Here's a new tutorial introduction to LISP (LIST Processor), the much-talked-about language of artificial intelligence.
Whatever your computer background, this comprehensive, clear-cut primer will teach you one of the oldest languages still in use--one that's simple and fun to learn. You'll become familiar with:
You'll also find concrete, elementary examples that will help you grasp more abstract ideas, plus exercises to reinforce what you learn in each chapter. Included as a special feature is a sample dialogue with ELIZA, Joseph Weizenbaum's classic LISP program.
Stop wondering what LISP is all about and what it can do for you. Let Learning LISP teach you everything you need to know about a language that will make your computer a valuable partner in thinking.
Gnosis, a Philadelphia-based software company, currently markets a LISP interpreter. The interpreter, P-LISP, is in use by hundreds of colleges and research facilities around the world for research, artificial intelligence development, and teaching.
Appendix: The Lisp Editor