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#9146 Donald Knuth

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

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#9147 Donald Knuth

I can’t be as confident aboutas I can about biology. Biology easily has 500 years of exciting problems to work on. It’s at that level. .

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#9148 Donald Knuth

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. .

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#9149 Donald Knuth

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. .

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#9150 Donald Knuth

The whole thing that makes a mathematician’s life worthwhile is that he gets the grudging admiration of three or four colleagues. .

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#9151 Donald Knuth

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

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#9152 Donald Knuth

A mathematical formula should never be "owned" by anybody! Mathematics belong to God. .

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#9153 Donald Knuth

I define UNIX as 30 definitions of regular expressions living under one roof. .

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#9154 Donald Knuth

I can’t go to a restaurant and order food because I keep looking at the fonts on the menu. .

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#9155 Donald Knuth

Email is a wonderful thing for people whose role in life is to be on top of things. But not for me; my role is to be on the bottom of things. What I do takes long hours of studying and uninterruptible concentration. .

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#9156 Donald Knuth

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

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#9157 Donald Knuth

In fact, my main conclusion after spending ten years of my life working on the TEX project is that software is hard. It’s harder than anything else I’ve ever had to do. .

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#9158 Donald Knuth

If you find that you're spending almost all your time on theory, start turning some attention to practical things; it will improve your theories. If you find that you're spending almost all your time on practice, start turning some attention to theoretical things; it will improve your practice. .

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#9159 Donald Knuth

By understanding a machine-oriented language, the programmer will tend to use a much more efficient method; it is much closer to reality. .

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#9160 Donald Knuth

An algorithm must be seen to be believed. .

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#9161 Donald Knuth

People who are more than casually interested in computers should have at least some idea of what the underlying hardware is like. Otherwise the programs they write will be pretty weird. .

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#9162 Donald Knuth

Random numbers should not be generated with a method chosen at random .

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#9163 Donald Knuth

The sun comes up just about as often as it goes down, in the long run, but this doesn't make its motion random. .

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#9164 Donald Knuth

The reason is not to glorify "bit chasing"; a more fundamental issue is at stake here: Numerical subroutines should deliver results that satisfy simple, useful mathematical laws whenever possible. [...] Without any underlying symmetry properties, the job of proving interesting results becomes extremely unpleasant. The enjoyment of one's tools is an essential ingredient of successful work. .

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#9165 Donald Knuth

Any inaccuracies in this index may be explained by the fact that it has been sorted with the help of a computer. .

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#9166 Donald Knuth

Trees sprout up just about everywhere in ... .

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#9167 Donald Knuth

1974Lecture,17 (12), (December 1974), pp. 667–673 .

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#9168 Donald Knuth

Science is knowledge which we understand so well that we can teach it to a computer; and if we don't fully understand something, it is an art to deal with it. .

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#9169 Donald Knuth

We should continually be striving to transform every art into a science: in the process, we advance the art. .

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#9170 Donald Knuth

Premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming. .

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#9171 Donald Knuth

Computer programming is an art, because it applies accumulated knowledge to the world, because it requires skill and ingenuity, and especially because it produces objects of beauty. A programmer who subconsciously views himself as an artist will enjoy what he does and will do it better. .

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#9490 Grace Hopper

From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it. .

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#9491 Grace Hopper

To me programming is more than an important practical art. It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge. .

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#9493 Grace Hopper

A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things. .

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#11777 Linus Torvalds

There are literally several levels of SCO being wrong. And even if we were to live in that alternate universe where SCO would be right, they'd still be wrong. .

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