- Hardcover: 3168 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley; 3rd Revised edition edition (3 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321751043
- ISBN-13: 978-0321751041
- Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 17.8 x 25.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Art of Computer Programming: Volumes 1-4a (Box Set) Hardcover – 3 Mar 2011
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From the Back Cover
This boxed set consists of the following four volumes:
0201896834 / 9780201896831 Art of Computer Programming, Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms
0201896842 / 9780201896848 Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms
0201896850 / 9780201896855 Art of Computer Programming, Volume 3: Sorting and Searching
0201038048 / 9780201038040 Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4A: Combinatorial Algorithms
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 (26 books, 161 papers). Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University, he currently devotes full time to the completion of his seminal multivolume series on classical computer science, begun in 1962 when he was a graduate student at California Institute of Technology. Professor Knuth is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the ACM Turing Award, the Medal of Science presented by President Carter, the AMS Steele Prize for expository writing, and, in November, 1996, the prestigious Kyoto Prize for advanced technology. He lives on the Stanford campus with his wife, Jill.
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading (or trying to read) the first few pages I slammed the book shut with a bitter look on my face, realising I was out of my depth with the complex algebra used to describe Knuth's algorithms.
So I brought a book to teach myself Algebra to teach myself the basics, and then went back to starting TAOCP, except this time his algorithms made sense and I discovered a new joy in the beauty of this magic set of books. So now several times a week I sit down with TAOCP and curl up on the sofa with a smile as I read through these jewels of wisdoms.
If you only ever buy two books to study computer science, buy Knuth's "The Art of Computer Programming" and Abelson & Sussman's Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs; if you work your way through just the first volume of the former OR the latter, you will probably be a better computer scientist than most. Thank you, Donald Knuth, for giving us these volumes!
Not really good for producing working code. Far better books available for practical use and learning programming techniques.
Useful for historic reference but not great for learning from. You need to know most of it anyway before it makes sense.
This work (TAoCP) is technically incomplete in that there is more to be added, but as Knuth's life's work it is unlikely that it will be finished in the medium term, so that's definitely no reason not to buy it.
To be frank, it works much better as a token of geekiness than a set of books to read, yet if you do not attempt to read it you will be missing out.
I doubt if I will ever read them from page to page, to be honest understanding the 'hard bits' is a challenge!
However I just love to tackle an algorithm, work out on paper what it does and apply it in practice. I just feel that more knowledgeable and these books have a lot of Algorithms to work on in Computing -
It keeps the "mind" young.
Anyone serious about algorithms, programming or complexity will already have these books.
There are more accessible books on algorithms if you're learning for the first time, but Knuth is a legend and from a maths point of view it's hard to find fault with these books which are a reference everyone should have access to.
High dimension and big data computing present challenges that aren't addressed here, but like Bill said, "If you have read all this and understand it, you should definitely give me a call".
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