Tag: SICP

Newtons Square Root Method in Racket

Isaac Newton came up with an elegant method for calculating square roots through a series of approximations that get refined over time. At the end of this post, I will show a racket implementation of the procedure. Overview The square of can be written as either or in the exponential form . Therefore, the square […]

SICP Exercise 1.5 – Testing Evaluation Order

Prompt Ben Bitdiddle has invented a test to determine whether the interpreter he is faced with is using applicative-order evaluation or normal-order evaluation. To refresh your memory, “applicative-order” means that procedure arguments get evaluated before being substituted into a procedure. “Normal-order” means that procedure arguments get evaluated later and only ifneeded. He defines the following […]