Dear GAP Forum-
For a paper I'm writing I want to include a brief discussion of the origins
and history of GAP. Joachim Neubuser's June `94 preface to the GAP manual
has proven invaluable in this regard. However, I remain partly unclear about
the original motivations for creating GAP. Specifically, what aspects of
(for example) the CAYLEY system (now MAGMA) and the work of Pless/Leon et al.
at UIC made those systems undesirable in contrast to the GAP design ?
Thanks in advance for any comments on this topic. (Perhaps I should mention
that there are no current plans to publish this paper in a research journal.)
<a href="mailto:email@example.com">-Lewis McCarthy</a>
P.S. Is the preface on the GAP manual web page somewhere ?