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The Art of Computer Programming: v. 1-3: Vol 1-3 (Series in Computer Science & Information Processing) Hardcover – 5 Oct 1998


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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 3 edition (5 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201485419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201485417
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.7 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This multivolume work is widely recognized as the definitive description of classical computer science. The first three volumes have for decades been an invaluable resource in programming theory and practice for students, researchers, and practitioners alike.

 

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 résumé 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

 

For the first time in more than 20 years, Knuth has revised all three books to reflect more recent developments in the field. His revisions focus specifically on those areas where knowledge has converged since publication of the last editions, on problems that have been solved, on problems that have changed. In keeping with the authoritative character of these books, all historical information about previous work in the field has been updated where necessary. Consistent with the author’s reputation for painstaking perfection, the rare technical errors in his work, discovered by perceptive and demanding readers, have all been corrected. Hundreds of new exercises have been added to raise new challenges.

 

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About the Author

Donald E. Knuth is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of the Tex and Metafont systems for computer typesetting, and for his prolific and influential writing. Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, he currently devotes full time to the completion of these fascicles and the seven volumes to which they belong.




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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
Volumes 1 and 2 in this set are the 3rd Edition; volume 3 is the 2nd Edition.
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I have to admit I am poor so I just bought the book I needed. I needed to build a database that did not use any commercial package. This book saved my bacon. I almost did not buy it when all I saw in it was math. But I was desperate and it paid off. Turns out you could not explain it any other way. I use it primarily for balanced trees. I may try some thing more exotic later. I can not tell you about the other volumes but this one will defiantly pay for it's self.
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29 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Peter Dzwig on 27 Jun 2001
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Known to several generations of computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and a whole host of others, Knuth's seminal work does require a reasonable understanding of maths, algorithms and related area, but for professionals in the arena, there are few options but to at least have access to a copy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Camilleri on 9 May 2007
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These books should form part of the complete arsenal for any serious computer scientist. They deal with the essentials in programming art, those parts that would otherwise take forever to figure out on your own... if ever.

Although not a light read, every minute is worth your while since the concepts discussed are generic enough to be applicable to almost any project.

Contents of these volumes have been regurgitated in many other books... many of which were possibly inspired by these very writings. So I'd recommend reading these volumes first prior to reading any other.
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18 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 2000
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If you are a student taking English Lit 101 or Psychology 101 (God forbid!), or if you are innumerate, there are easier texts. If, on the other hand, you are seriously interested in any or all facets of the art of machine manipulation of data, there is no better text or reference. Thinking people will be able to find the 'right stuff' about what they need, with the joy of challenging perspectives on where computing is or should be going.
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