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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 Pck edition (April 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321637135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321637130
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,382,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A shrinkwrapped bundle of Fascicles 0-4 of Knuth’s Volume 4, arguably the most influential work ever written on computer programming


·  These five fascicles comprise roughly the first 30% of the long-awaited Volume 4 of The Art of Computer Programming
·  Suggested list price is $10 off the price of buying them individually
·  These fascicles contain many new exercises, arranged carefully for self-instruction, together with detailed answers

About the Author

Donald E. Knuth  is known throughout the world for his pioneering work on algorithms and programming techniques, for his invention of th 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 his time to the completion of these fascicles and the seven volumes to which they belong. Professor Knuth is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the ACM Turing Award, the Medal of Science, the AMS Steele Prize for expository writing, and the prestigious Kyoto Prize for advanced technology.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By martin cohen on July 29, 2012
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This is good stuff, and was worth getting when originally published. However, now that the actual book is available (with corrections), it makes no sense to me to get these, especially at the absurd price, which is justified only if each is autographed by Knuth himself.
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I've been waiting for these to be published for a long while; these volumes will easily become part of the classics of computer science. While they are not for the faint of heart, they are an excellent reference for both acting professionals and students alike.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Haaff on March 9, 2010
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Though I have retired from the computer programming industry I find that Knuth's latest chapter of The Art of Computer Programming to be more than informative. This chapter is in standing with his previous works in that it a pleasure to read. Knuth has injected history and humor into a subject that is complex and difficult to fully grasp in a first read. Knuth's work is an absolute must have for any individual involved in computer programming today.
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13 of 30 people found the following review helpful By tech collector on August 30, 2009
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Everyone knows Donald Knuth and everyone knows the quality of his work and writing. Just like fine art, a Donald Knuth book has long lasting value, unlike most books that people in technology encounter. I only wish the publishers would also acknowledge this and publish these books as hardcovers instead of easily damaged paperbacks. The price would seem to also demand a hardcover as well.
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7 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Antigone on October 12, 2009
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Nothing can be written better than the comment on the back cover: this work is "the definitive description of classical computer science" It is very pleasant to read surely also for people from other fields
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