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Leaders in Computing by Donald Knuth, Dame Stephanie Shirley, DBE FREng FBCS CEng CITP, Jimmy Wales, Vint Cerf, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Karen Spärck Jones, FBA, Grady Booch, Linus Torvalds, Steve Wozniak

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1 THE ART OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

Donald Knuth, June 2011

While he was over in the UK for a book tour and lecture series, Professor Donald Knuth, the author of the hugely respected The Art of Computer Programming book series, made time to talk to BCS editor Justin Richards about his life and works.

You’re probably best known for your book series The Art of Computer Programming. In 1999, these books were named among the best 12 physical-science monographs of the century by American Scientist. How did these books originally come about and how do you feel about the American Scientist distinction?

The books came about because, in the 60s, when I began, everyone was starting to rediscover things because there was no one good source of what was ...

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