Donald Knuth Quotes

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Born: January 10, 1938, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Birth Country: USA
Occupation: Computer scientist

Everyday life is like programming, I guess. If you love something you can put beauty into it.
- Donald Knuth

I currently use Ubuntu Linux, on a standalone laptop - it has no Internet connection. I occasionally carry flash memory drives between this machine and the Macs that I use for network surfing and graphics but I trust my family jewels only to Linux.
- Donald Knuth

I decry the current tendency to seek patents on algorithms. There are better ways to earn a living than to prevent other people from making use of one's contributions to computer science.
- Donald Knuth

Let us change our traditional attitude to the construction of programs. Instead of imagining that our main task is to instruct a computer what to do, let us concentrate rather on explaining to human beings what we want a computer to do.
- Donald Knuth

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on eachother, like a wall of mini stones.
- 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.
- Donald Knuth

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

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