Old programs read like quiet conversations between a well-spoken research worker and a well-studied mechanical colleague, not as a debate with a compiler. Who’d have guessed sophistication bought such noise?
Richard P. Gabriel
American computer scientist who is known for his work related to Lisp (and especially Common Lisp) in computing. His best known work was a 1990 essay “Lisp; Good News, Bad News, How to Win Big”, which incorporated the phrase Worse is Better, and his set of Lisp benchmarks (the "Gabriel Benchmarks"), published in 1985 as Performance and evaluation of Lisp systems.