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Selected Papers on Fun and Games

Donald E. Knuth’s influence in computer science ranges from the invention of methods for translating and defining programming languages to the creation of the TeX and METAFONT systems for desktop publishing. His award-winning textbooks have become classics that are often given credit for shaping the field, and his scientific papers are widely referenced and stand as milestones of development over a wide variety of topics. The present volume is the eighth in a series of his collected papers.

741 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011

Lecture Notes

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics


"Highly recommended."


Table of Contents


1  The Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures
2  Official Tables of the Potrzebie System
3  The Revolutionary Potrzebie
4  A MAD Crossword
5  Counterexample to a Statement of Peano
6  The Complexity of Songs
8  Math Ace: The Plot Thickens
9  Billiard Balls in an Equilateral Triangle
10  Representing Numbers Using Only One 4
11  Very Magic Squares
12  The Gamow–Stern Elevator Problem
13  Fibonacci Multiplication
14  A Fibonacci-Like Sequence of Composite Numbers
15  Transcendental Numbers Based on the Fibonacci Sequence
16  Supernatural Numbers
17  Mathematical Vanity Plates
18  Diamond Signs
19  The Orchestra Song
20  Gnebbishland
21  A Carol for Advent
22 Randomness in Music
23  Basketball’s Electronic Coach
24  The Triel: A New Solution
25  The Computer as Master Mind
26  Move It Or Lose It
27  Adventure
28  Ziegler’s Giant Bar
29  TH5E4 CH3EmIC2A12 Ca3P4Er
30  N-Ciphered Texts
31  Disappearances
32  Lewis Carroll’s word-ward-ware-dare-dame-game
33  Blood, Sweat, and Tears
34  Biblical Ladders
35  ETAOIN SHRDLU Non-Crashing Sets
36  Quadrata Obscura (Hidden Latin Squares)
37  5 x 5 x 5 Word Cubes by Computer
38  Dancing Links
39  Nikoli Puzzle Favors
40  Uncrossed Knight’s Tours
41  Celtic Knight’s Tours
42  Long and Skinny Knight’s Tours
43  Leaper Graphs
44  Number Representations and Dragon Curves
45  Mathematics and Art: The Dragon Curve in Ceramic Tile
46  Christmas Cards
47  Geek Art
48  Memories of Martin Gardner
49  An Earthshaking Announcement


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