Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Donald Knuth on his writing style

Yes, I always try to keep a potential reader in mind - basically somebody who is reading my book because they want to, not because they must, and somebody who has a natural ability to do computer programming. Only about 2 per cent of the population really "resonates" with programming the way I do; but somebody ought to write books for that 2%, and I try to be one of the authors who does so. Instead of trying to impress the reader with what I know, I try to explain why the things I've learned impress me. [My emphasis]

Full interview here.

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