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Donald Knuth

Data de nascimento: 10. Janeiro 1938

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Donald Ervin Knuth é um cientista computacional de renome e professor emérito da Universidade de Stanford. É o autor do livro The Art of Computer Programming, uma das principais referências da ciência da computação. Ele praticamente criou o campo análise de algoritmos e fez muitas das principais contribuições a vários ramos da teoria da computação. Ele também criou o sistema tipográfico TEX, o sistema de criação de fontes METAFONT, além de ser pioneiro do conceito de programação literária. Finalmente, desenvolveu o conceito de número surreal.

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„Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do.“

— Donald Ervin Knuth, Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About
Foreword to the book [http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~wilf/AeqB.html A=B] (1996)

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„An algorithm must be seen to be believed.“

— Donald Ervin Knuth, Leaders in Computing: Changing the digital world
Vol. I, Fundamental Algorithms, Section 1.1 (1968)

„The important thing, once you have enough to eat and a nice house, is what you can do for others, what you can contribute to the enterprise as a whole.“

— Donald Ervin Knuth
Jack Woehr. [http://www.drdobbs.com/an-interview-with-donald-knuth/184409858 An interview with Donald Knuth]. Dr. Dobb's Journal, pages 16-22 (April 1996)

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„The psychological profiling [of a programmer] is mostly the ability to shift levels of abstraction, from low level to high level. To see something in the small and to see something in the large.“

— Donald Ervin Knuth
Jack Woehr. [http://www.drdobbs.com/an-interview-with-donald-knuth/184409858 An interview with Donald Knuth]. Dr. Dobb's Journal, pages 16-22 (April 1996)

„Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it.“

— Donald Ervin Knuth
Donald Knuth's [http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/faq.html webpage] states the line was used to end a memo entitled Notes on the van Emde Boas construction of priority deques: An instructive use of recursion (1977)

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„How can you own [... ] numbers? Numbers belong to the world.“

— Donald Ervin Knuth
In his [http://www.webofstories.com/people/donald.knuth/52?o=SH video account on the creation of TeX], he comments that Xerox offered to allow him to use their equipment, but that the fonts he created would belong to them.

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