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The syntax and semantics of the proposed international algebraic language of the Zurich ACM-GAMM Conference

@inproceedings{Backus1959TheSA,
  title={The syntax and semantics of the proposed international algebraic language of the Zurich ACM-GAMM Conference},
  author={John Warner Backus},
  booktitle={IFIP Congress},
  year={1959}
}
  • J. Backus
  • Published in IFIP Congress 1959
  • Computer Science
This paper gives a summary of the syntax and interpretation rules of the proposed international algebraic language put forward by the Zurich ACM-GAMM Conference, followed by a formal , complete presentation of the same information. Notations are presented for numbers, numerical variables, Boolean variables , relations, n-dimensional arrays, functions, operators and algebraic expressions. Means are provided in the language for the assignment of values to variables, conditional execution of… 
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This appears to be a natural method for a 256 memory machine, if it had good indexing and looping features and the contribution of the left-hand term becomes proportionately large enough such that it alone might be used within accuracy limits after a certain number of digits are developed.