In the world of Silicon Valley, there are few books held in higher esteem than “The Art of Computer Programming,” a multivolume set by Stanford professor emeritus Donald Knuth.
“If you think you’re a really good programmer… read Art of Computer Programming… You should definitely send me a résumé if you can read the whole thing,” read a quote from Bill Gates on the cover of the third edition of the first volume.
When the first volume of “The Art of Computer Programming” came out in 1962, it was the first book to take a deep look into the math and science of programming.
“The four hardbound volumes of Donald Knuth’s ‘The Art of Computer Programming’ - all snug in their dark purple case - send a clear message: Step aside, Muggles, because you’re in the presence of a Real Programmer. A Serious Practitioner of Computer Science,” writes San Francisco entrepreneur Carl Tashian in a Medium essay.
Despite its long publishing history, Knuth keeps “The Art of Computer Programming” up to date by enlisting his many fans.
You don’t need to read it in order to understand how to write a computer program any more than you have to understand how internal combustion works to drive a car, so don’t take this as a homework assignment.
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