Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Donald Knuth: 20 questions...

Donald Knuth: 20 questions...  Every interview with Donald Knuth I've ever read or viewed has been fascinating, and this one is no exception.  Knuth is the author of my favorite works on software, The Art of Computer Programming, or TAOCP, amongst a great many other accomplishments.  I enjoyed the whole “interview” , and then got a good chuckle at the end:
20. J. H. Quick, blogger: Why is this multi-interview called "twenty questions," when only 19 questions were asked?

Don Knuth: I'm stumped. No, wait—Radia asked two.
Incidentally, the eVolumes of TAOCP contain some 4,500 questions, and almost as many answers.

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