A Story that Starts with a Very Good Computer

  • Edsger W. Dijkstra
Part of the Texts and Monographs in Computer Science book series (MCS)


Once upon a time, a long time ago, an organization decided to get a computation centre. The organization hired a manager to manage the computation centre, and he was a very competent manager, for he hired a very good computer to do the computing and a very good programmer to do the programming. The manager’s high quality was shown by his choice of computer: knowing that in the work of his organization, sorting would play a very big role, he selected the one and only computer on the market that had a very fast, built-in sort instruction, called “SORT”, in its instruction code. The manager’s high quality also manifested itself by the choice of the programmer, as will become clear in the sequel.


Power Consumption Computation Centre Good Computer Main Program Proof Obligation 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1982

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