Archive for February 5th, 2011

Whatever I do, I try to do it in a way that has some elegance; I try to create something that I think is beautiful.  Instead of just getting a job done, I prefer to do my work in a way that pleases me in as many senses as possible.

—  Donald E. Knuth
Things A Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About


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Have any of you ever been to a convention of English professors?  Do you know that they actually read their papers to each other, word for word, relishing each and every literary nuance?  It blew my mind when I first learned that — because of course computer scientist do the opposite, we always just stand up and talk.

—  Donald E. Knuth
Things A Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

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