Selected papers on computer science

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selected papers on computer science

Selected Papers on Computer Science by Donald Ervin Knuth

This still timely collection of papers by Donald Knuth, the father of computer science, surveys the field of computer science and the nature of algorithms. Topics covered here include the relationship between computer science and mathematics, the connections between theory and practice, and the known limitations on what can be computed in a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, Knuth discusses the history of computer science from ancient Babylon through today.

Particularly clear and accessible, these essays were written for a general audience rather than specialists in computer science. They are thus a valuable resource for not only computer scientists but for anyone interested in the history of this fascinating field.
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Selected papers on computer science / Donald E. Knuth xii, p. 23 cm. -- (CSLI lecture notes ; no. 59). Includes bibliographical references and index.
Donald Ervin Knuth

International Computer Science Symposium in Russia

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Doing almost anything right is hard. Non-soldiers love The Art of War , and Anthony Bourdain demonstrates how much we want to know about what goes on in the kitchen—and not just sexually. Why is this so? I think the main reason is that a longer attention span is needed when working on a large computer program than when doing other intellectual tasks. So I reluctantly took occasional leaves of absence from university teaching. In this sense I believe that program-writing is substantially more demanding than book-writing. Another reason that programming is harder than the writing of books and research papers is that programming demands a significantly higher standard of accuracy.

This still timely collection of papers by Donald Knuth, "the father of computer science," surveys the field of computer science and the nature of algorithms. Topics covered here include the relationship between computer science and mathematics, the connections between theory and practice, and the known limitations on what can be computed in a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, Knuth discusses the history of computer science from ancient Babylon through today. Particularly clear and accessible, these essays were written for a general audience rather than specialists in computer science. They are thus a valuable resource for not only computer scientists but for anyone interested in the history of this fascinating field. Toggle Dropdown Advanced Search.

Errata to the Third Printing

This is the second in a series of eight volumes that contain archival forms of my published papers, together with new material. The first book in the series was Literate Programming ; the third, Digital Typography. The Computer Science volume is characterized by the following remarks quoted from its preface. Numbers like P79 and Q82 in this list refer to the corresponding papers in my list of publications. The chapters are numbered from 0 to 16; some buggy browsers unfortunately show them as 1 to 17 in the listing above.

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