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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: A-R Editions, Inc.; Currently available: edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895792524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895792525
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald E. Knuth was born on January 10, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate at Case Institute of Technology, where he also wrote software at the Computing Center. The Case faculty took the unprecedented step of awarding him a Master's degree together with the B.S. he received in 1960. After graduate studies at California Institute of Technology, he received a Ph.D. in Mathematics in 1963 and then remained on the mathematics faculty. Throughout this period he continued to be involved with software development, serving as consultant to Burroughs Corporation from 1960-1968 and as editor of Programming Languages for ACM publications from 1964-1967.

He joined Stanford University as Professor of Computer Science in 1968, and was appointed to Stanford's first endowed chair in computer science nine years later. As a university professor he introduced a variety of new courses into the curriculum, notably Data Structures and Concrete Mathematics. In 1993 he became Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming. He has supervised the dissertations of 28 students.

Knuth began in 1962 to prepare textbooks about programming techniques, and this work evolved into a projected seven-volume series entitled The Art of Computer Programming. Volumes 1-3 first appeared in 1968, 1969, and 1973. Having revised these three in 1997, he is now working full time on the remaining volumes. Volume 4A appeared at the beginning of 2011. More than one million copies have already been printed, including translations into ten languages.

He took ten years off from that project to work on digital typography, developing the TeX system for document preparation and the METAFONT system for alphabet design. Noteworthy by-products of those activities were the WEB and CWEB languages for structured documentation, and the accompanying methodology of Literate Programming. TeX is now used to produce most of the world's scientific literature in physics and mathematics.

His research papers have been instrumental in establishing several subareas of computer science and software engineering: LR(k) parsing; attribute grammars; the Knuth-Bendix algorithm for axiomatic reasoning; empirical studies of user programs and profiles; analysis of algorithms. In general, his works have been directed towards the search for a proper balance between theory and practice.

Professor Knuth received the ACM Turing Award in 1974 and became a Fellow of the British Computer Society in 1980, an Honorary Member of the IEEE in 1982. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering; he is also a foreign associate of l'Academie des Sciences (Paris), Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi (Oslo), Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Munich), the Royal Society (London), and Rossiiskaya Akademia Nauk (Moscow). He holds five patents and has published approximately 160 papers in addition to his 28 books. He received the Medal of Science from President Carter in 1979, the American Mathematical Society's Steele Prize for expository writing in 1986, the New York Academy of Sciences Award in 1987, the J.D. Warnier Prize for software methodology in 1989, the Adelskøld Medal from the Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1994, the Harvey Prize from the Technion in 1995, and the Kyoto Prize for advanced technology in 1996. He was a charter recipient of the IEEE Computer Pioneer Award in 1982, after having received the IEEE Computer Society's W. Wallace McDowell Award in 1980; he received the IEEE's John von Neumann Medal in 1995. He holds honorary doctorates from Oxford University, the University of Paris, St. Petersburg University, and more than a dozen colleges and universities in America.

Professor Knuth lives on the Stanford campus with his wife, Jill. They have two children, John and Jennifer. Music is his main avocation.

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You may never read some of these passages without reading through this book.
Randall C. Mcgrady-beach
Knuth here shows that many of the good attributes of a computer scientist can be applied to Bible study, with great results.
Mark Nenadov
The first is a good, modern Bible translation to look up the hundreds of verses cited in the text.
B. Marold

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 27, 2006
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`3:16 Bible Texts Illuminated' by computer scientist extraordinare and lifelong Lutheran, Donald E. Knuth is one of those truly unique books which seems to be perfectly composed to illuminate a subject virtually everyone takes for granted. The best analogy I can think of in another field is the little book `The Elements of Style' by Strunk and White, which provides a brilliantly concise set of instructions on writing better.

Knuth's book is a wondrous amalgam of at least three different interests, Christianity, Computer Science, or more exactly, meticulous scholarship, and the art font design and calligraphy. The very title of the book has a dual meaning in that Knuth's commentary illuminates the 59 selected verses from the bible, plus the very artistic renderings of these texts by 59 of the world's greatest calligraphers, in much the same way that they may have been `illuminated' in Medieval hand-written copies of the Bible.

I am tempted to call this `Bible Commentary for Dummies', but it does not have the glib, simplistic tone of the `Dummy' franchisee. What it does share with this series is that it is a superb introduction to the world of Bible scholarship and the fact that the history of those words on the printed page of your Bible have a density of meaning and penumbra of alternate interpretations which will boggle the mind.

While Bible commentary is a major field of professional scholarship, my sense is that the average Christian is not nearly as caught up in the discussion of scripture as their Jewish brethren. In fact, the Hebrew embraces one of the classic methods of enlightenment, which is deep study of the Torah and Talmud and the many historical commentaries made of these sacred books.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2002
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From his idiosyncratic perspective as a computer scientist, Knuth presents an aesthetically pleasing and intellectually inviting commentary of the 3:16's.
In this day and age of technological sophistication, it is so courageous that a scientist and scholar of Knuth's stature can say "it's tragic that scientific advances have caused many people to imagine that they know it all, and that God is irrelevant or nonexistent. The fact is that everything we learn reveals more things that we do not understand... Reverence for God comes naturally if we are honest about how little we know." [1]
Knuth is candid about what he knows as well as what he doesn't know and he presents his views in a non-judgemental, introspective manner. For example, Knuth is surely including himself when he states "God sees the rottenness, deceit, and hypocrisy in every one of us..." [2] Furthermore, there are rare glimpses into Knuth the man as he unabashedly says what he feels. To illustrate, Knuth describes his thoughts about his own mortality and how he felt when his father died. [3]
Ultimately, this book is Knuth's solemn and joyous celebration of his relationship with God. But don't let the elegance of the artwork or the relative brevity of the commentary fool you into thinking this book is merely easy on the eyes. The Christian will find this an uplifting and spiritually challenging study, while the non-Christian will discover the richness of the 3:16's and why Knuth finds the Bible is relevant to everyday life.
Knuth is a consummate craftsman and this is a towering work of biblical scholarship, an enduring exegetical legacy for the ages.
Quotes and references from book:
[1] Proverbs 3:16 study
[2] Romans 3:16 study
[3] Job 3:16 study
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1997
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This is one of the most visually beautiful books I've ever seen, with calligraphic illuminations of 60 Bible verses, done by the leading calligraphers of our day. Knuth uses an interesting technique for Bible study--he does chapter 3 verse 16 from every book in the Protestant Bible (at least all the ones that have a 3:16), and comes up with some very good stuff. Each passage gets three pages: the first has an outline of the book it is from: when it was written, to whom, and what's in it; the second page is the calligraphy (the back of it is blank); and the third page is exegesis and hermeneutics, all at an easy but not dumbed-down level.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the book, however, is the author. Knuth is a world-renowned computer scientist--a CS Ph.D. I know said that "Knuth invented the algorithms the rest of us use." Computer scientists have a reputation for knee-jerk atheism in many circles, but Knuth's example shows that a deep understanding of these "thinking machines" is by no means an obstacle to a real relationship with the living God.

As a scientist myself (and another user of Knuth's algorithms), I found *Three Sixteen* a beautiful and profoundly encouraging work.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By on November 30, 1997
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I was skeptical when I first heard about a Bible book written by a renowned computer expert, but what a treat! Each verse is a beautifully illuminated and researched unit, with a page devoted to a socio-historical review of the time period, another page to the illuminated verse, and two pages explaining the verse in its specific context. Knuth's writing is easy to read while remaining challenging and the art is a visual feast. This is a wonderful book for anyone even remotely interested in the Bible and a joy for anyone with a love of calligraphy and some of its beautiful manifestations.
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