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In which paper did Alonzo Church first describe Church encoding? I can't find any articles that actually cite the paper, but I am interested in reading it.

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  • $\begingroup$ Many of definability results about lambda calculus are by Kleene and Rosser, Chruch's students. I think there should be references in Barendregt's book. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Apr 30 '12 at 1:27
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It should be this one:

Church, A. (1941) The Calculi of Lambda-Conversion. Annals of Mathematics Studies No. 6, Princeton University Press.

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