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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Donald Knuth on the History of Computing

In CACM: Stanford Prof Donald Knuth is a hero to many of us who grew up during the real emergence of computing, to the point that most every person uses it personally every day.  He spent much time systematizing it as a science  Are we now dumbing the science down?  Yes, I say, but that has also brought it to many more people as sets of engineering principles.  A direction that sounds perilous.   Call it accessibility.     Talk and commentary.  (Updated)

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