On a Renewed Visit to the Banker and a Remarkable Analogy

  • Coen Bron
Part of the Texts and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)


In the mid-1960’s I was in the fortunate circumstances to exchange my ill- chosen future in chemistry for an apprenticeship in Computing Science by joining Edsger Dijkstra’s group which was —at that time— deeply involved with the design and implementation of the T.H.E. Operating System. I deliberately put in the dots where Edsger may have just as deliberately left them out in his original publication[4], to suggest that the E. stands for Eindhoven and there was no attempt to suggest that this system was to be the final word in this area (a position that now seems to be claimed by Unix, whether we like it or not).


Safety Condition Feasible Schedule Assembly Language Single Currency Insertion Position 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Coen Bron
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  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceRijksuniversiteit GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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