Ron Pressler

Veteran programmer, leader of OpenJDK's Project Loom

Ron is a veteran programmer interested in formal methods and the history and philosophy of computation.

Ron leads OpenJDK's Project Loom, which aims to add fibers, delimited continuations and tail-calls to the JVM. He is also the author of the online book, Finite of Sense and Infinite of Thought, on which this talk is based.

Past conferences

Ron Pressler
Code Mesh LDN 2018
09 Nov 2018
16.15 - 17.00

Finite of sense and infinite of thought: A history of computation, logic and algebra

The talk will cover the long history of computation, logic and algebra, and the relationship between the three, from Classical times to the 20th century, starting out as a single discipline and then growing apart in the early 20th century. Rather than being surprising, this relationship stems from a single — yet fascinating — line of inquiry into the essence of thought, guided by a particular ancient aesthetic. We will focus on the importance of language and meaning in that evolution, and discuss the philosophical revolution that broke away from the linguistic tradition and completely changed how we view thought, computation and meaning.