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The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms (1968)

by Donald E. Knuth

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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… (more)
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There aren't enough stars to rate this. My only regret (and it's a minor one) is that I don't have my old copies, which I gave to a friend when I bought the new and updated ones. The old ones fell open at certain pages, and this volume (and its two companions are new), and will never see the use of the others.

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. ( )
3 vote Lyndatrue | Jan 11, 2014 |
Difficult, instructive, intelligent, amusing and brain-numbing - all rolled-in-to-one in this classic of CS. Buy it, read a page at a sitting and savor it - this is a book read over 5 years. ( )
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  knol | Dec 21, 2007 |
If you program and you don't know this book, and its companion volumes 2 and 3, it's like saying you live in San Francisco and haven't seen the Golden Gate Bridge. The books are really much more valuable to someone with a knowledge of calculus, and some discrete mathematics. If you are looking for programming cookbooks, don't go here, but if you want to know why binary trees, stacks and queues are used, and who thought of their use first, and their history of development, then read these books.

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.
8 vote JPB | Jun 5, 2006 |
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This series of books is affectionately dedicated to the Type 650 computer once installed at Case Institute of Technology, in remembrance of many pleasant evenings
Эта серия книг с любовью посвящается компьютеру IBM 650, который был некогда установлен в Кейсовском технологическом институте, в память о многих приятных вечерах.
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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

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Первый том серии книг «Искусство программирования» начинается с описания основных понятий и методов программирования. Затем автор сосредоточивается на рассмотрении информационных структур - представлении информации внутри компьютера, структурных связях между элементами данных и способах эффективной работы с ними. Для методов имитации, символьных вычислений, числовых методов и методов разработки программного обеспечения даны примеры элементарных приложений.
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