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“It has all the right ingredients: rich contents, friendly, personal language, subtle humor, the right references, and a plethora of pointers to resources.”
Steven S. Skiena, Programming Challenges: The Programming Contest Training Manual
“The issue of finding the best possible answer or achieving maximum efficiency usually arises in industry only after serious performance or legal troubles.”
Steven S. Skiena, The Algorithm Design Manual
“In algorithms, as in life, persistence usually pays off.”
Steven S. Skiena, The Algorithm Design Manual
“The combinatorial explosion was first recognized with the legend that the inventor of chess demanded as payment one grain of rice for the first square of the board, and twice as much for the (i + 1)st square than the ith square. The king was astonished to learn he had to cough up 6412'=265-1=36,893,488,147,419,103,231 grains of rice. In beheading the inventor, the wise king first established pruning as a technique for dealing with the combinatorial explosion.”
Steven S. Skiena, The Algorithm Design Manual
“It is amazing how often the reason
you can't find a convincing explanation for something is because your conclusion is wrong.”
Steven S. Skiena, The Algorithm Design Manual
“All non-printable characters have either the first three bits as zero or all seven lowest bits as one.”
Steven S. Skiena, Programming Challenges: The Programming Contest Training Manual
“Problem-solving is not a science, but part art and part skill. It is one of the skills most worth developing.”
Steven S. Skiena, The Algorithm Design Manual


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