Journal of Functional Programming


Meertens number 1

a1 Programming Research Group, Oxford University, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD, UK


Meertens number is a number with a very peculiar property. I had the idea in 1991, when I was invited to celebrate the occasion of Lambert Meertens' 25 years at the CWI, Amsterdam. Lambert has been a good friend and colleague for a number of years, and rather than bring the usual bottle of Glenlivet as a gift, I decided to give him a number.


1 This pearl is adapted from material in Introduction to Functional Programming, Second Edition by Richard Bird, Prentice Hall, to be published in 1998. Permission to publish is gratefully acknowledged.