Books That Inspire 2013


 
The Art of Computer  Programming
Donald Knuth


Association for Computing Machinery A.M. Turing Award (1974).

This book presents the formal evaluation of how long it will take a computer to run problems which involve sorting and searching data, two of the most important problems in computer science. In a field where the relevance of the best publications is usually measured in years, this book has been relevant for decades. Knuth used to pay a finder's fee of $2.56, called a binary dollar, for any typographical errors or mistakes discovered in his books. Knuth's expertise is so respected that these checks are considered by computer scientists to be trophies.


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Deborah Trytten
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Computer Science