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The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-4A Boxed Set [Hardcover]

Donald E. Knuth
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Feb. 7 2011 0321751043 978-0321751041 3

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


In describing the new fourth volume, one reviewer listed the qualities that distinguish all of Knuth’s work.


[In sum:] detailed coverage of the basics, illustrated with well-chosen examples; occasional forays into more esoteric topics and problems at the frontiers of research; impeccable writing peppered with occasional bits of humor; extensive collections of exercises, all with solutions or helpful hints; a careful attention to history; implementations of many of the algorithms in his classic step-by-step form.

—Frank Ruskey


These four books comprise what easily could be the most important set of information on any serious programmer’s bookshelf.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic reference material! March 20 2012
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I used Donald Knuth's "Art of Computer Programming" encyclopedic volumes years ago when I was in grad school, and they were great! I always wanted to buy a set for myself back then, but couldn't afford it. When I stumbled across the latest revision of these volumes on Amazon at a great price, I snapped them up, if nothing else for nostalgic reasons.... but they're still great to read!
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368 of 453 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful books Sept. 1 2011
By A. Howard - Published on Amazon.com
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Since reviews of the book content can be found elsewhere, I thought I'd review the actual collection that I bought - these four books and the box that they came in.

They are beautiful, the off-white coloured dust jackets make a pleasing change to the other pure white books that I have on my desk, and the box sets the set apart from everything else.

Also, since purchasing this set, the following things have happened.

1) My IQ increased by 1 point as soon as I placed the box on my bookshelf
2) The Women in my IT department increased their rating of me by 1.5. Apparently I'm now an 8 (9 if I take my glasses off) my colleagues report that this is a 0.5 increase in rating over a non-boxed collection of these books.
3) I have found that taking one book out, opening to a random page and inhaling deeply, when combined with a double-shot coffee, will ensure good spirits and coding karma for at least the next 4 hours.

My only complaint about this set is the fact that they are fairly snugly fit in the box. this requires actually tipping the box forward to select a book, you cannot fit your finger over the top of any one book to pull it out. The exaggerated action of doing this, however invokes jealous looks and dreamy eyes from my male and female/gay colleagues respectively so is worth it.

in short: buy this set!
56 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to read - forever May 28 2011
By Pradeep Sekar - Published on Amazon.com
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I had read Knuth in college a couple of decades ago, as part of a course. Reading the books again after all these year, without the academic pressure - Just curling up in bed, on a Saturday afternoon, opening just about any chapter, marveling at the sheer beauty of the algorithms Knuth has put together, and the way Knuth has put them together - is such a pleasure

This set is sure to be a standard reference book on your wall. I bought mine because of that last volume, which was not available in the book store near me. I plan to take my time to read through volumes 1-3, at leisure over the next several weekends, when I get a few hours to spare at home, before I hit that last volume.

I was expecting a book with a good glossy cover (talk about judging a book by its cover!). The contents are simply fabulous, and the print quality and the paper inside are great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow reading Dec 17 2012
By Berdy - Published on Amazon.com
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I decided to read these back to front. It has been a slow process due to how dense each sentence is. There is no filler or fluff. Having Google next to me helps whenever I have gotten stuck on words or meanings. Most searchers are math concepts that I have to review. If you have the drive, I recommend reading these. The book is like jaw breaker. You can't just quickly chew the information, you have to slowly melt the information.

But I've heard they make good reference books as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Developer Should Read These June 3 2013
By Michael G - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Yale Patt once told me that anybody who reads through these volumes and completes all the exercises will become an incredibly valuable software developer, and thinker in general. After spending a few weeks with these books, I realize that he was correct, although completing all of the exercises may be impossible in any reasonable amount of time.

Do yourself a favor. Buy these books, read through them, and try to complete the exercises. I promise you will become a significantly better programmer, regardless of your current skill level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars got calculus? April 19 2013
By J. Engel - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a Computer Science major and am currently working through calculus classes. These books definitely require someone who knows their math to read. This is pure Computer Science blended with higher level mathematics. Come prepared!
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