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Devac  ·  310 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Yoda of Silicon Valley

He is, at least I seem to see his contributions same as you, though The Art of Computer Programming definitely isn't written as lightly as Feynman's lectures. But it has its fun moments too.

wasoxygen  ·  309 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Well, I asked him, “How can I read it? It’s so hard.” He said, “You start at the beginning and you read as far as you can get, until you are lost. Then you start at the beginning again, and you keep working through until you can understand the whole book.”
Devac  ·  309 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I'm not saying that Feynman's lectures are easy. I'm saying that IMO they are a lot easier than TAOCP. Possible bias notwithstanding, Feynman uses less advanced mathematics (seriously), so there's your barrier to entry difference right here. Conceptually they are probably around the same difficulty, but Feynman's presentation is – again, IMO – much more approachable.

Also, TAOCP uses some oddball defined-in-the-book variant of assembler for all code examples, which isn't the friendliest language out there. Getting through 200+ lines of asm code is most definitely one of those 'acquired taste' things.