This essay describes the thesis that "worse is better," and suggests that this principle explains why LISP has not been more widely adopted.
LISP is an elegant system that makes it reasonable to expect to create a nice, complete solution to problems. It provides extensive support for error handling, and proponents tend to design wonderfully complete systems. Unfortunately, that approach take more time and work than half-baked alternatives, and if the inferior system is good enough, it will beat out the more elegant but more costly LISP alternative.
It goes along nicely with the Unix principle that one should look for the 90% solution.
A further extension suggests that the even more-technically-inferior Windows NT is likely to "take over the world" based on the principle that Good Enough is Best. I am not sure that Windows NT actually is good enough to fulfil that promise.
A mutual fund doing stock picking using agents written in LISP
G.J. Chaitin's 2 March 2000 Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture.
Touches on Cantor, Russell, Hilbert, Godel, and Turing.
Algorithmic Information Theory in LISP discusses Chaitlin's approach to "incompleteness."
Containing benchmarks done with various Lisps and Schemes.
EndPoint Computing - CL and Linux Consulting
Lisp-based security consulting group
Home of the Italian Lisp Users Association...
A set of principles of how to use Lisp's strengths profitably...
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