In a recent post I claimed that Python’s lambda construct is broken. This attracted some angry responses by people who thought I was confused about how Python works. Luckily there were also many useful responses from which I learnt. This post is a response to comment 27, which asks me to say more about my calling certain design decisions in Python crazy.

# Category Archives: General

# Python’s lambda is broken!

I quite like Python for teaching. And people praise it for the `lambda`

construct which is a bit like $\lambda$-abstraction in functional languages. However, it is **broken**!

# A comment about “Mathematical undecidability and quantum randomness” by Tomasz Paterek et al.

This is a short note pointing out that the recent paper on“Mathematical undecidability and quantum randomness” by Tomasz Paterek et al. is no black magic, and that the authors are well aware of it. Unfortunately the paper appeared on Slashdot and has since generated an infinite amount of quasi-mathematical discussions. Continue reading A comment about “Mathematical undecidability and quantum randomness” by Tomasz Paterek et al.

# The hydra game

Today I lectured about the Hydra game by Laurence Kirby and Jeff Paris (*Accessible Independence Results for Peano Arithmetic, Kirby and Paris, Bull. London Math. Soc. 1982; 14: 285-293*). For the occasion I implemented the game in Java. I am publishing the code for anyone who wants to play, or use it for teaching. Continue reading The hydra game

# Lambda calculus for real analysis by Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor has published a revised version of his `lambda`-calculus for real analysis. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in real analysis, be it a computer scientist, numerical analyst, or just a “true” analyst.

The first, second, and third time I talked to Paul I could not understand a word of what he was saying, and that’s not just because he is a native speaker of English English. I only began to “get it” when he visited me in Ljubljana. So I think it’s perhaps worth explaining a bit what this “`lambda`-calculus for real analysis” is about. Continue reading Lambda calculus for real analysis by Paul Taylor