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Donald Knuth: Geek of the Week

Credit: Simple-talk

Donald Knuth is an extraordinary man. As well as inventing 'Literate Programming' and writing The Art of Computer Programming—often cited as the most important textbook on programming algorithms—he is also famous for designing and programming one of the most widely used digital typesetting systems ever, even designing the fonts that went with it.

Knuth, a man of engaging charm and enthusiasms who combines knowledge of history, music, art and mathematics with a unique insight into the art of computer programming, recently was the subject of an engaging interview with journalist Richard Morris.

A sentiment reflected in several comments on the interview is well expressed: Geek of the Week? Knuth is more like the Geek of the Century.

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