24

Never realized with a industry that changes by the second how relevant and timeless a single book(set) can remain. 52 year old book.

The work that knuth put into this collection to keep it timeless and language in-specific keeping it to theory rather than details of syntactical details is amazing.

Sure there are other timeless classics out there.. the algorithm book, K&R C, the dragon books, the wizard book.

But I think this single book outweighs them all in the abstraction point of view... AND it’s abstraction in the “opposite direction”... abstraction to a machine language architecture that is purely theoretical... brilliant.

Comments
  • 2
    That book for some reason seems to tempt me to read it. I'm appending it to my book queue.
  • 1
    @Bybit260 definitely read it, I have the PDFs... but like it’s one of those books you gotta have the print and it goes next to your desk, to either read when your stuck and thinking, or read by the fireplace light on those cold winter nights or out on the deck on a summers evening with whisky and a cigar lol
  • 1
    @QuanticoCEO I absolutely agree with you.
  • 3
    @Bybit260 me too
    @QuanticoCEO interesting First I saw picture and reading first of your sentences and immediately had to thought about K&R C - and then you mention it 👍
  • 2
    Good reminder, I wanted to get around to that book at some point.
  • 4
    I remember borrowing that from one of the "Programmer" gods when I was a lowly electronics engineer at British Aerospace back in 1978.

    After I had read it, he kindly allowed me to punch in the bootstrap sequence for the paper tape reader on the Data General Eclipse to load the operating system each morning.
  • 1
    @QuanticoCEO I considered what you stated earlier about, "it’s one of those books you gotta have the print and it goes next to your desk", so I bought the printed versions vols 1-4.
  • 3
    Great book, not really fond of MIX, would love to see it changed to a more recent and consistent ISA like risc-v or something riscv like anyway (most of the exercises I did in Haskell anyway, those that needed pointers were in C).

    Hmm, might revisit this book with Rust sometime.
  • 2
    @RememberMe Have to agree - the book is great, but risc v would make way more sense these days. A timeless classic though, nonetheless.
  • 1
    > the algorithm book

    You mean Sedgewick's?
  • 1
    @Bybit260 I bought mine a few weeks ago! Nice you’ll definitely enjoy it
  • 0
    @SomeNone I was referring to the other one the MIT one.

    I just recently heard of the sedgewick one. How do you rate it? Should I also get it? Is it a better “one of those” than the mit algorithm book?
  • 1
    @RememberMe mix was his original system but he changed it to MIXX what is your thoughts?
  • 2
    @QuanticoCEO It's a good book but if you have other works about algorithms already, it's probably not essential. I remember using it in first semester at university, some 23 years ago.
  • 0
    @SomeNone I’ll probably still get it.

    I’m not one to only get one book on a subject.
  • 2
    He actually visited my uni couple of years ago to give a guest lecture, but mostly answer questions people had. It was really cool.
  • 2
    I'll unshift it to my book queue.
  • 1
    If you can solve each riddle in this book, you can ace any technical interview IMO. Problem is, it will take you ages to finish all those volumes :)
  • 0
  • 1
    I realized
  • 1
    Language in-specific -> language agnostic

    I’ll look out for this book.
Add Comment