Erlang, the mathematician?

Bjarne Däcker bjarne@REDACTED
Mon Feb 1 18:05:00 CET 1999

Craig Dickson wrote:
> Joe Armstrong wrote:
> >> just out of curiosity, was Erlang named for the Danish mathematician
> >> Agner Krarup Erlang ?
> >
> > Yes
> The language spec says this, and I don't doubt it, but I've always suspected
> a secondary meaning in the name: a contraction of the phrase "ERicsson
> LANGuage". Is this just coincidental, or was anyone actually thinking this
> at the time ?

Yes, indeed, we were very pleased with ourselves
for having thought of such a good pun. Lately,
however, we downplay the Ericsson aspect.

Best regards,


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