Donald Knuth

24 Donald Knuth Recommended Books

Donald Knuth is a computer scientist and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is widely regarded as the “father of the analysis of algorithms” and is known for his influential multi-volume work, The Art of Computer Programming. Knuth is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Turing Award and the National Medal of Science. He continues to write and lecture about computer science, mathematics, and related subjects.

24 Books recommended by Donald Knuth

Food

Food

An Authoritative and Visual History and Dictionary of the Foods of the World

Author :Waverley Root

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"His magnum opus, a wonderful history of everything delicious." - Donald Knuth [Source]

The Abominable Man

The Abominable Man

Martin Beck, Book 7

Author :Maj Sjöwall

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"One of their brilliantly Swedish detective novels." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Marjorie Morningstar

Marjorie Morningstar

Author :Herman Wouk

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"In-depth characters plus a whole philosophy." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Hackers

Hackers

Heroes of the Computer Revolution

Author :Steven Levy

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"Incredibly well written tale of our times." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Lifeline Rule

Lifeline Rule

Author :Doug Nufer

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"The rule: parity to vowel; an awesome conovowel opus." - Donald Knuth [Source]

The Haj

The Haj

Author :Leon Uris

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"Great to read on a trip to Israel." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Blacklist

Blacklist

Author :Sara Paretsky

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"A brilliant characterization of the tragic state of politics and class relations in America that also happens to be an action-packed murder mystery." - Donald Knuth [Source]

On Food and Cooking

On Food and Cooking

The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

Author :Harold McGee

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"Applied biochemistry in the kitchen." - Donald Knuth [Source]

The Man Who Knew Infinity

The Man Who Knew Infinity

A Life of the Genius Ramanujan

Author :Robert Kanigel

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"Biographies of Ramanujan and Hardy." - Donald Knuth [Source]

The Age of Faith

The Age of Faith

A History of Medieval Civilization - Christian, Islamic, and Judaic - From Constantine to Dante

Author :Will Durant

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"Volume 4 of his series, covers the years 325--1300." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Blasphemy

Blasphemy

Wyman Ford, Book 2

Author :Douglas Preston

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"The best novel to deal with 'science versus religion' that I've ever encountered." - Donald Knuth [Source]

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate

Author :Vikram Seth

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"The Great California Novel, entirely in 14-line sonnets." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Mountains Beyond Mountains

The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

Author :Tracy Kidder

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"About how Paul Farmer's local and global life combines theory and practice." - Donald Knuth [Source]

An Instance of the Fingerpost

An Instance of the Fingerpost

Author :Iain Pears

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"Also Oxford but in the 1660s." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Gaudy Night

Gaudy Night

Lord Peter Wimsey, Book 12

Author :Dorothy L. Sayers

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"Captures Oxford high-table small-talk wonderfully." - Donald Knuth [Source]

The Travels of Ibn Battutah

The Travels of Ibn Battutah

Author :Ibn Battutah

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"Fascinating and eye-opening journal by a 14th-century Muslim scholar." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Death of a Salesperson

Death of a Salesperson

And Other Untimely Exits

Author :Robert Barnard

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"[The author] is at his best in short stories like these." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Efronia

Efronia

An Armenian Love Story

Author :Stina Katchadourian

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"Diaries and letters of a remarkable Armenian woman." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Feynman

Feynman

Author :Jim Ottaviani

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"Vivid, witty, hilarious, poignant: I laughed, I cried, I learned; demonstrates the unreasonable effectiveness of a graphic novel." - Donald Knuth [Source]

Life

Life

A User's Manual

Author :Georges Perec

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"Perhaps the greatest 20th century novel." - Donald Knuth [Source]

The Hornet's Nest

The Hornet's Nest

A Novel of the Revolutionary War

Author :Jimmy Carter

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"A revolutionary novel about the Revolutionary War at all levels." - Donald Knuth [Source]

A Dual Autobiography

A Dual Autobiography

Author :Will Durant

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"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." - Donald Knuth [Source]

America

America

A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

Author :Jon Stewart

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"Has graffiti even better than the marginal notes in 'Concrete Mathematics.'" - Donald Knuth [Source]

Murder In The Museum Of Man

Murder In The Museum Of Man

Author :Alfred Alcorn

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"Delicious caricature of academic follies." - Donald Knuth [Source]

FAQs

Q1: What type of books does Donald Knuth recommend reading?

Donald Knuth recommends reading books related to mathematics, computer logic and programming. He also recommends some philosophical books such as Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

Donald Knuth's favorite book is Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science, which was co-authored by himself.

Donald Knuth also highly recommends Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter, The Joy Of X by Steven Strogatz, and Classical Mathematical Problems from the American Mathematical Monthly by William Lowell Putnam and William Lowell Putnam, Jr.

Yes, the Donald Knuth web page is an online resource that contains a list of books Donald Knuth recommends.

While some of the books he recommends may be available in larger or specialized bookstores, many of his recommendations are highly technical and related to computer science and mathematics. To access books recommended by Donald Knuth, you might have better luck at university or technical libraries, online retailers, or specialized bookstores that cater to academic and technical audiences.