An early interactive symbolic mathematics system.
[Sammet 1969, p. 510].
noun 1. a style of painting and literature in which fantastic or imaginary and often unsettling images or events are depicted in a sharply detailed, realistic manner. noun 1. a style of painting or writing that depicts images or scenes of surreal fantasy in a representational or realistic way
- Magic smoke
electronics, humour A substance trapped inside integrated circuit packages that enables them to function (also called “blue smoke”; this is similar to the archaic “phlogiston” hypothesis about combustion). Its existence is demonstrated by what happens when a chip burns up – the magic smoke gets let out, so it doesn’t work any more. See Electing […]
noun 1. a square containing integers arranged in an equal number of rows and columns so that the sum of the integers in any row, column, or diagonal is the same. noun 1. a square array of rows of integers arranged so that the sum of the integers is the same when taken vertically, horizontally, […]
- Magic switch story
Some years ago, I was snooping around in the cabinets that housed the MIT AI Lab’s PDP-10, and noticed a little switch glued to the frame of one cabinet. It was obviously a homebrew job, added by one of the lab’s hardware hackers (no-one knows who). You don’t touch an unknown switch on a computer […]