Donald Knuth

Donald Knuth

computer scientist and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.
I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science.More Donald Knuth quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Meta-design is much more difficult than design; it's easier to draw something than to explain how to draw it.More Donald Knuth quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.More Donald Knuth quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Programmers waste enormous amounts of time thinking about, or worrying about, the speed of noncritical parts of their programs, and these attempts at efficiency actually have a strong negative impact when debugging and maintenance are considered. We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil. Yet we should not pass up our opportunities in that critical 3%.More Donald Knuth quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird.More Donald Knuth quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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