Donald Knuth
Book Recommendations

  • The Travels of Ibn Battutah

    The Travels of Ibn Battutah

    The Travels of Ibn Battutah

    Ibn Battuta,Tim Mackintosh-Smith
    3.91 (1,963)

    Ibn battutah was just 21 when he set out in 1325 from his native tangier on a pilgrimage to mecca. he did not return to morocco for another 29 years, traveling instead through more than 40 countries on the modern map, covering 75,000 miles and getting as far north as the volga, as far east as china, and as far south as tanzania. he wrote of his travels, and comes across as a superb ethnographer, biographer, anecdotal historian, and occasional botanist and gastronome. with this edition by mackintosh-smith, battuta's travels

    Donald Knuth

    fascinating and eye-opening journal by a 14th-century Muslim scholar...I heartily recommend

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  • Marjorie Morningstar

    Marjorie Morningstar

    Marjorie Morningstar

    Herman Wouk
    Fiction
    3.98 (8,010)

    A starry-eyed young beauty, marjorie morgenstern is nineteen years old when she leaves new york to accept the job of her dreams-working in a summer-stock company for noel airman, its talented and intensely charismatic director. released from the social constraints of her traditional jewish family, and thrown into the glorious, colorful world of theater, marjorie finds herself entangled in a powerful affair with the man destined to become the greatest-and the most destructive-love of her life.rich with humor and poignancy, marjorie morningstar is a classic love story, one that spans

    Donald Knuth

    in-depth characters plus a whole philosophy

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  • The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    Tim Powers
    Experimental fiction
    3.92 (15,019)

    Brendan doyle, a specialist in the work of the early-nineteenth century poet william ashbless, reluctantly accepts an invitation from a millionaire to act as a guide to time-travelling tourists. but while attending a lecture given by samuel taylor coleridge in 1810, he becomes marooned in regency london, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time.caught up in the intrigue between rival bands of beggars, pursued by egyptian sorcerers, and befriended by coleridge, doyle somehow survives and learns more about the mysterious ashbless than he could ever have

    Donald Knuth

    parity to vowel; an awesome conovowel opus

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  • Efronia

    Efronia

    Efronia

    Stina Katchadourian
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.31 (29)

    Donald Knuth

    diaries and letters of a remarkable Armenian woman

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  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Mountains Beyond Mountains

    Tracy Kidder
    Juvenile Nonfiction
    4.13 (84,145)

    At the center of mountains beyond mountains stands paul farmer. doctor, harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a macarthur "genius" grant, world-class robin hood, farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most.mountains beyond mountains takes us from harvard to haiti, peru, cuba, and russia as farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the

    Donald Knuth

    about how Paul Farmer's local and global life combines theory and practice

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  • A Dual Autobiography

    A Dual Autobiography

    A Dual Autobiography

    Ariel Durant,Will Durant
    4.02 (92)

    In this readable autobiography by the authors of the story of civilization, will & ariel durant celebrate & examine a lifetime of ideas, friendships, triumphs & love. the story of their life together, rich in anecdotes & with the countless famous people they knew, is a passionate record of their shared experience as lovers, as spouses, as world travelers & as the authors of one of the most famous successful works of scholarship in american literary history. ariel & will met & fell in love in 1912. he taught at

    Donald Knuth

    superbly written, a great story about how a man and woman can work creatively and sustainably together despite the mysteries of the human sex drive

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  • Hackers

    Hackers

    Hackers

    Steven Levy,Steven Levy
    Computers
    4.15 (7,540)

    A mere fifteen years ago, computer nerds were seen as marginal weirdos, outsiders whose world would never resonate with the mainstream. that was before one pioneering work documented the underground computer revolution that was about to change our world forever. with groundbreaking profiles of bill gates, steve wozniak, mit's tech model railroad club, and more, steven levy's hackers brilliantly captured a seminal moment when the risk-takers and explorers were poised to conquer twentieth-century america's last great frontier. and in the internet age, the hacker ethic-first espoused here-is alive and well.

    Donald Knuth

    incredibly well written tale of our times

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  • Food by Waverley Root

    Food by Waverley Root

    Food by Waverley Root

    Waverley Root
    4.29 (42)

    One of the world's leading food authorities shares two hundred delightful essays, as well as shorter entries, on the foods of the world, discussing the history of food, from ancient to modern times, and offering a host of food facts and trivia, accompanied by two hundred illustrations.

    Donald Knuth

    his magnum opus, a wonderful history of everything delicious

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  • The Man Who Knew Infinity

    The Man Who Knew Infinity

    The Man Who Knew Infinity

    Robert Kanigel
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.92 (9,559)

    The tale of a relationship between a young indian mathematics genius, ramanujan, and his tutor at cambridge university, g.h. hardy, in the years before world war i. through their eyes the reader is taken on a journey through numbers theory. ramanujan would regularly telescope 12 steps of logic into two - the effect is said to be like dr watson in the train of some argument by sherlock holmes. the language of symbols and infinitely large (and small) regions of mathematics should be rendered with clarity for the general reader.

    Donald Knuth

    biographies of Ramanujan and Hardy

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  • Feynman

    Feynman

    Feynman

    Jim Ottaviani
    Comics & Graphic Novels
    3.72 (8,148)

    Richard feynman: physicist . . . nobel winner . . . bestselling author . . . safe-cracker. in this substantial graphic novel biography, first second presents the larger-than-life exploits of nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, musician, world-class raconteur, and one of the greatest minds of the twentieth century: richard feynman. written by nonfiction comics mainstay jim ottaviani and brilliantly illustrated by first second author leland myrick, feynman tells the story of the great man's life from his childhood in long island to his work on the manhattan project and the challenger

    Donald Knuth

    vivid, witty, hilarious, poignant: I laughed, I cried, I learned; demonstrates the unreasonable effectiveness of a graphic novel

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  • The Hornet's Nest

    The Hornet's Nest

    The Hornet's Nest

    Jimmy Carter
    Fiction
    3.22 (1,035)

    Former president and nobel peace prize winner jimmy carter presents a novel of the revolutionary war that emphasizes the role of the south in the battle for america's independence. with a multitude of previous nonfiction works, ranging in topics from the middle east conflict (the blood of abraham) to the workings of democracy (a government as good as its people), carter uses his political understanding to bring this well-researched tale to fascinating life.when newlyweds ethan and epsey pratt move from philadelphia to a settlement in georgia, they find themselves drawn

    Donald Knuth

    a revolutionary novel about the Revolutionary War at all levels

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  • Blasphemy

    Blasphemy

    Blasphemy

    Douglas Preston
    Fiction
    3.7 (9,587)

    The world's biggest supercollider, locked in an arizona mountain, was built to reveal the secrets of the very moment of creation: the big bang itself.the torus is the most expensive machine ever created by humankind, run by the world’s most powerful supercomputer. it is the brainchild of nobel laureate william north hazelius. will the torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? or is the torus a satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries,

    Donald Knuth

    the best novel to deal with "science versus religion" that I've ever encountered

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  • On Food and Cooking

    On Food and Cooking

    On Food and Cooking

    Harold McGee
    4.46 (14,547)

    Harold mcgee's on food and cooking is a kitchen classic. hailed by time magazine as "a minor masterpiece" when it first appeared in 1984, on food and cooking is the bible to which food lovers and professional chefs worldwide turn for an understanding of where our foods come from, what exactly they're made of, and how cooking transforms them into something new and delicious. now, for its twentieth anniversary, harold mcgee has prepared a new, fully revised and updated edition of on food and cooking. he has rewritten the text

    Donald Knuth

    non technical books [I] like: applied biochemistry in the kitchen

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  • An Instance of the Fingerpost

    An Instance of the Fingerpost

    An Instance of the Fingerpost

    Iain Pears
    Fiction
    3.92 (24,310)

    An ingenious tour de force: an utterly compelling historical mystery with a plot that twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing until the very last page.we are in england in the 1660s. charles ii has been restored to the throne following years of civil war and cromwell's short-lived republic. oxford is the intellectual seat of the country, a place of great scientific, religious, and political ferment. a fellow of new college is found dead in suspicious circumstances. a young woman is accused of his murder. we hear the story

    Donald Knuth

    non-technical books [I] like:

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  • The Haj

    The Haj

    The Haj

    Leon Uris
    Fiction
    4.05 (13,314)

    Leon uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness and forgiveness. the middle east is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. where an arab ruler tries to save his people from destruction but cannot save them from themselves. when violence spreads like a plague across the lands of palestine--this is the time of the haj.

    Donald Knuth

    ( on the list of heartily recommended books): great to read on a trip to Israel

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  • The Golden Gate

    The Golden Gate

    The Golden Gate

    Vikram Seth
    Fiction
    4 (4,427)

    One of the most highly regarded novels of 1986, vikram seth's story in verse made him a literary household name in both the united states and india.john brown, a successful yuppie living in 1980s san francisco meets a romantic interest in liz, after placing a personal ad in the newspaper. from this interaction, john meets a variety of characters, each with their own values and ideas of "self-actualization." however, liz begins to fall in love with john's best friend, and john realizes his journey of self-discovery has only just begun.

    Donald Knuth

    From non-technical books he likes: the Great California Novel, entirely in 14-line sonnets

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