En total klassiker indenfor datalogi. Knuth viser vejen og vejen er ikke altid let, men det er Vejen!
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 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 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 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 This first volume in the series begins with basic programming concepts and techniques, then focuses more particularly on information structures-the representation of information inside a computer, the structural relationships between data elements and how to deal with them efficiently. Elementary applications are given to simulation, numerical methods, symbolic computing, software and system design. Dozens of simple and important algorithms and techniques have been added to those of the previous edition. The section on mathematical preliminaries has been extensively revised to match present trends in research. Ebook (PDF version) produced by Mathematical Sciences Publishers (MSP),http://msp.org
The above is, of course, a gross simplification. You will also learn how to properly analyze an algorithm - how to design algorithms to compute arithmetic results to achieve the minimum amount of error, how to design a proper random number generator - how to choose the right datastructure for search operations, etc.. More to the point, you will gain the skills to answer such questions on your own.
And most of all, you will see, once again, that the very brightest people are humble and have a sense of humor. The places where this book made me laugh out loud are too numerous to count.
I see that there's a Volume 4A, but I'm not really sure that it makes sense for me to get it, at this stage in life.
Donald Knuth is one of my heroes.
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Side 1: Many persons who are not conversant with mathematical studies imagine that because the business of [Babbage's Analytical Engine] is to give its results in numerical notation, the nature of its processes must consequently be arithmetical and numerical, rather than algebraical and analytical. This is an error. The engine can arrange and combine its numerical quantities exactly as if they were letters or any other general symbols; and in fact it might bring out its results in algebraic notation, were provisions made accordingly. - Ada Augusta, Countess of Lovelace (1844)