Donald Ervin Knuth


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January 10, 1938

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Donald Ervin Knuth, born January 10th 1938, is a renowned computer scientist and Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University.

Author of the seminal multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming ("TAOCP"), Knuth has been called the "father" of the analysis of algorithms, contributing to the development of, and systematizing formal mathematical techniques for, the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms, and in the process popularizing asymptotic notation.

In addition to fundamental contributions in several branches of theoretical computer science, Knuth is the creator of the TeX computer typesetting system, the related METAFONT font definition language and rendering system, and the C
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The Art of Computer Program...

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The Art of Computer Program...

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Surreal Numbers

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Things a Computer Scientist...

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3:16 - Bible Texts Illuminated

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Literate Programming

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“Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer; art is everything else.”
Donald E. Knuth, Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

“The best programs are written so that computing machines can perform them quickly and so that human beings can understand them clearly. A programmer is ideally an essayist who works with traditional aesthetic and literary forms as well as mathematical concepts, to communicate the way that an algorithm works and to convince a reader that the results will be correct.”
Donald E. Knuth, Selected Papers on Computer Science

“An algorithm must be seen to be believed.”
Donald Knuth, Leaders in Computing: Changing the digital world



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