The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-4A Boxed Set (Box Set)

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The bible of all fundamental algorithms and the work that taught many of today’s software developers most of what they know about computer programming. -Byte, September 1995 Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuth’s work. Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis, while ordinary programmers have successfully

The bible of all fundamental algorithms and the work that taught many of today’s software developers most of what they know about computer programming. -Byte, September 1995 Countless readers have spoken about the profound personal influence of Knuth’s work. Scientists have marveled at the beauty and elegance of his analysis, while ordinary programmers have successfully applied his “cookbook” solutions to their day-to-day problems. All have admired Knuth for the breadth, clarity, accuracy, and good humor found in his books. I can’t begin to tell you how many pleasurable hours of study and recreation they have afforded me! I have pored over them in cars, restaurants, at work, at home…and even at a Little League game when my son wasn’t in the line-up. -Charles Long Primarily written as a reference, some people have nevertheless found it possible and interesting to read each volume from beginning to end. A programmer in China even compared the experience to reading a poem. If you think you’re a really good programmer…read [Knuth’s] Art of Computer Programming…You should definitely send me a resume if you can read the whole thing.-Bill Gates Whatever your background, if you need to do any serious computer programming, you will find your own good reason to make each volume in this series a readily accessible part of your scholarly or professional library. It’s always a pleasure when a problem is hard enough that you have to get the Knuths off the shelf. I find that merely opening one has a very useful terrorizing effect on computers. -Jonathan Laventhol In describing the new fourth volume, one reviewer listed the qualities that distinguish all of Knuth’s work. [In sum:] detailed coverage of the basics, illustrated with well-chosen examples; occasional forays into more esoteric topics and problems at the frontiers of research; impeccable writing peppered with occasional bits of humor; extensive collections of exercises, all with solutions or helpful hints; a care

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Anonymous says:

Still valuable 30+ years since I read it for the first time. I bought this as a bit of a throw-back to my University years. It wasn’t a part of my course curriculum but I read it anyway.On first reading, the maths was WAY too hard. I graduated and would like to think it will be easier now.It’s still challenging but this is an epic work, still very valid fifty years after it was first published. I missed so much on my first reading. These aren’t books – this is a computer science journey in print. Thank you Donald Knuth!

Anonymous says:

A computing classic You’ll need to know your discrete mathematics for these books, but the depth and detail of coverage of the topics is unsurpassed. This is no book of algorithmic recipes, but presents an unparalleled range of algorithms for various common tasks. Your understanding of the problem you want to solve will be stretched. You’ll have to consider aspects of the problem you never even thought of. But your understanding of algorithms will be deeper, better and broader than you had thought possible. If…

Anonymous says:

A fantastic compendium of computer science knowledge A fantastic compendium of computer science knowledge. Volume 1. gives a nice review of the necessary mathematics for working through this series, although I can highly recommend Knuth’s Concrete Mathematics text for the dedicated reader.

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