Art of Programming (Knuth)

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    I am working on my CS degree, and I would like to read Knuth's books eventually. What level of mathematical and programming expertise do I need to understand books 1-3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBc View Post
    I am working on my CS degree, and I would like to read Knuth's books eventually. What level of mathematical and programming expertise do I need to understand books 1-3?
    Don't know but hey, stop when words start to seem like chinese!
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    stop
    or just skip past the "Chinese" part...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBc View Post
    I am working on my CS degree, and I would like to read Knuth's books eventually. What level of mathematical and programming expertise do I need to understand books 1-3?
    It's been a while since I pulled out Knuth, but as I recall, it varies. (If nothing else, the problem sets range from easy to unsolved)

    For the most part, the writing is very clear (he puts a lot of effort into it) but also quite concise (he covers a LOT of material!), so you may have to spend a bit of time working through exactly what's going on when you're reading about something unfamiliar. It's more of a reference than a textbook, so there's not a lot of handholding.

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