I retired early because I realized that I would need about 20 years of full-time work to complete The Art of Computer Programming (TAOCP), which I have always viewed as the most important project of my life. – Source: Knuth: Retirement
The Art of Computer Programming (TAOCP)
by Donald E. Knuth.
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At the end of 1999, these books were named among the best twelve physical-science monographs of the century by American Scientist, along with: Dirac on quantum mechanics, Einstein on relativity, Mandelbrot on fractals, Pauling on the chemical bond, Russell and Whitehead on foundations of mathematics, von Neumann and Morgenstern on game theory, Wiener on cybernetics, Woodward and Hoffmann on orbital symmetry, Feynman on quantum electrodynamics, Smith on the search for structure, and Einstein’s collected papers. Wow! – Source: TAOCP
Bill Gates once said ‘definitely send me a résumé’ if you finish this fiendishly difficult book – Source: Business Insider