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"... Inside PFTB (Proofs from The Book) is indeed a glimpse of mathematical heaven, where clever insights and beautiful ideas combine in astonishing and glorious ways. There is vas…

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The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set
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A comprehensive introduction to type systems and programming languages.

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