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The manuals we got from IBM would show examples of programs and I knew I could do a heck of a lot better than that. So I thought I might have some talent. Donald Knuth#Examples 67
Donald Knuth#Examples 67
An algorithm must be seen to be believed. Donald Knuth#Algorithm 65
Donald Knuth#Algorithm 65
People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on eachother, like a wall of mini stones. Donald Knuth#Science 65
Donald Knuth#Science 65
Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do. Donald Knuth#Attitude 65
Donald Knuth#Attitude 65
Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do. Donald Knuth#Science 60
Donald Knuth#Science 60
Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it. Donald Knuth#Beauty 60
Donald Knuth#Beauty 60
I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science. Donald Knuth#Science 59
Donald Knuth#Science 59
My general working style is to write everything first with pencil and paper, sitting beside a big wastebasket. Then I use Emacs to enter the text into my machine. Donald Knuth#Uncategorized 55
Donald Knuth#Uncategorized 55
The most important thing in the programming language is the name. A language will not succeed without a good name. I have recently invented a very good name and now I am looking for a suitable language. Donald Knuth#Important 54
Donald Knuth#Important 54
Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it. Donald Knuth#Beware 46
Donald Knuth#Beware 46
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