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The generality of define
One of my students has discovered that the template syntax for
defining procedures is quite general, a fact which might be
obvious, but should be pointed out.
Although I knew that
(define (square x) (* x x))
is equivalent to
(define square (lambda (x) (* x x))),
I did not realize that something like
(define ((linear a b) x) (+ a (* b x)))
is possible and is equivalent to
(define (linear a b) (lambda (x) (+ (* b x)))).
Roger Kirchner, Carleton College