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Donald Knuth on Algorithms, Complexity, and The Art of Computer Programming


 

Donald Knuth

In this Artificial Intelligence podcast with Lex Fridman, computer scientist Donald Knuth discusses Alan Turing, Neural networks, machine learning and other AI topics from ant colonies and human cognition.

Donald Knuth is one of the greatest and most impactful computer scientists and mathematicians ever. He is the recipient in 1974 of the Turing Award, considered the Nobel Prize of computing. He is the author of the multi-volume work, the magnum opus, The Art of Computer Programming. He made several key contributions to the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms. He popularized asymptotic notation, that we all affectionately know as the big-O notation. He also created the TeX typesetting which most computer scientists, physicists, mathematicians, and scientists and engineers use to write technical papers and make them look beautiful.

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