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  1. Michael Kitces – The Past, Present & Future of Financial Advice – [Invest Like the Best, EP.122]

    My guest this week is Michael Kitces, who is one of our

    industries go-to experts on all things financial advise and financial planning.

    We discuss the past, present, and future of financial

    advise, financial technology, and investing. If you are a financial advisor or

    use one, this conversation is full of great history and perspective. Please

    enjoy.

    For more episodes go to InvestorFieldGuide.com/podcast.

    Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor

    curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at InvestorFieldGuide.com/bookclub.

    Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag

    Show Notes

    1:08 – (First Question) – History of financial

    planning/advice model

    5:26 – Fee changes in the 1970’s

    10:01 – The start of the AUM model

    10:44 – Value proposition for financial advisors beyond

    trading vs robo-advsiors

                11:49 – Why

    Robo-Advisors Will Be No Threat To Real Advisors

    18:20 – Why are humans still dominating the space

    23:58 – Future of advisor fees

    32:50 – Viability of the human driven flat fee model

    37:50 – The dominance of flat fee models

    43:13 – What services are financial advisors offering to

    justify their fees

    47:17 – Dimensions to divide potential customers

    52:20 – Exciting updates on the investment side that will

    help differentiate managers

    55:37 – Any investment function beyond the basics that is

    intriguing to him

    58:45 – Most interesting problems to be solved on the

    investing and non-investing sides

    1:04:52 – Advice for young advisors

    1:09:24 – How does he invest his own money

    1:11:31 – Kindest thing anyone has done for Michael

    http://investorfieldguide.com/kitces/

    download

    Tagged with finance

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  2. Knuth: Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About 7

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

    by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California:

    Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2001), xi+257 pp.

    (CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 136.)

    ISBN 1-57586-327-8

    Japanese translation by Tooru Takizawa, Yuko Makino, and Noboru Tomizawa,

    Computer Kagakusha ga Mettanî Kataranaî Koto (Tokyo:

    SiBaccess Co. Ltd, 2003),

    x+260 pp.

    In the fall of 1999, computer scientist Donald E. Knuth was invited to

    give six public lectures at MIT on the general subject of relations between

    faith and science. The lectures were broadcast live on the Internet

    and watched regularly by tens of thousands of people around the world,

    and they have remained popular many months after the event. This book contains

    transcripts of those lectures, edited and annotated by the author.

    After an introductory first session, the second lecture focuses on the

    interaction of randomization and religion, since randomization has become a

    key area of scientific interest during the past few decades.

    The third

    lecture considers questions of language translation, with many examples drawn

    from the author’s experiments in which random verses of the Bible were

    analyzed in depth. The fourth one deals with art and aesthetics; it

    illustrates several ways in which beautiful presentations can greatly deepen

    our perception of difficult concepts. The fifth lecture discusses what the

    author learned from the "3:16 project," a personal exploration of Biblical

    literature which he regards as a turning point in his own life.

    The sixth and final lecture, "God and Computer Science," is largely

    independent of the other five. It deals with several new perspectives

    by which concepts of computer science help to shed light on many ancient and

    difficult questions previously addressed by scientists in other fields.

    A significant part of each lecture is devoted to spontaneous

    questions from the audience and the speaker’s impromptu responses,

    transcribed from videotapes of the original sessions.

    The book concludes with a transcript of a panel discussion in

    which Knuth joins several other prominent computer specialists

    to discuss "Creativity, Spirituality, and Computer Science."

    The other panelists are Guy L. Steele Jr. of Sun Microsystems,

    Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mitch Kapor

    of Lotus Development Corporation, together with moderator

    Harry Lewis of Harvard University.

    The author has contributed additional notes and a comprehensive index.

    More than 100 illustrations accompany the text.

    Excerpt from the Foreword by Anne Foerst

    Many listeners, particularly students, used the opportunity to ask their

    “god” about the questions that bothered them. Don had to address questions

    such as, “Why is there evil in the world?”

    “What happens after death?”

    Students

    wanted him to give them answers about the meaning of life, and if there were

    any miracles. In short, they treated Don as people within a faith-community

    treat their minister.

    It didn’t help that Don was absolutely clear about having no authority to

    answer these questions. It was particularly upsetting for some people when Don

    gave his opinion that the questions have

    no objective, universally valuable, and applicable answers;

    that everyone has to try to seek answers for themselves. From

    the feedback, I gathered that some people were disappointed. But the vast

    majority of people were excited. Against all of their prejudices, here was

    someone religious who did not claim to own the truth. Instead, Don invited his

    listeners to find their own path, of questioning and reasoning about

    themselves and all the rest.

    The text of this book certainly speaks for itself. I would like to invite the

    reader to follow the quest within this book. It was an exciting event at MIT,

    and I am convinced that the book can get much of the same spirit across.

    I wish the reader fun, anger, excitement, and trouble,

    because that is something

    only a deeply engaging topic such as religion and science can do for us.

    Don has

    presented a wonderful way to relate his science and his faith, and I hope the

    readers will enjoy it as much as the live audience did.

    Other Reviews

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About is a unique

    book. Ultimately its charm lies in the author’s approach to the

    subject rather than what he actually finds in the end. As Knuth

    himself writes, in discussing the purpose of life, “The important

    thing to me … is not the destination, but the journey.”

    — Saul A. Teukolsky, Physics Today (April 2002)

    One mark of a good author is the ability to make a successful book

    out of an unpromising subject. — American Scientist

    (May—June 2002)

    … a fascinating book. … musings about the interface between computer

    science and Christian theology are definitely not what one usually hears

    computer scientists talking about, but I’m glad Knuth was willing to

    take the risk of discussing them. — Fernando Q. Gouvêa,

    MAA Reviews (February 2002)

    Lecture 6 was the meat of the book for me, discussing how concepts of

    computer science including computational complexity might give insights

    about divinity. — Ian Parberry, SIGACT News (December 2002)

    Although there is little technical content …, this collection of wisdom

    and insights makes fascinating reading … After all, the author says,

    “computer science is wonderful but it is not everything.”

    Occasionally even mathematicians and computer scientists should think

    about the meaning of life. … Each chapter concludes with a really

    good set of spontaneous questions from the audience and the speaker’s

    impromptu responses, as well as excellent endnotes. — Jerrold W.

    Grossman, Mathematical Reviews (November 2003)

    Knuth’s involvement was a great boon for MIT’s “God and Computers” project.

    — Albert C. Lewis, Zentralblatt MATH 1033 (2004)

    … Knuth is courageously unconventional, dealing with theological matters

    as a mathematician and computer scientist.

    It’s always reassuring, and even inspirational, to see a famous scientist

    humbly approach these questions and declare himself confused like the rest of us.

    … [The book’s] value is in seeing that computer scientists can and should address

    the big issues; and also the uniquely humorous, down-to-earth, and personal way

    that he does it. After all, he opens with, “Why I am unqualified to give these

    lectures” and then “Why the lectures might be interesting anyway.”

    And they certainly are. — Brendan O’Connor, IEEE Annals of the

    History of Computing (October—December 2004).

    Further notes

    This book can be ordered from the publisher

    (CSLI),

    and also from the distributor

    (University of Chicago Press).

    Curiosity seekers might also want to go back to the

    old (1999) webpage

    on which the lectures were first advertised.

    Videos of the original lectures were hosted for many years by Dr Dobbs Journal,

    but all traces of those videos seem to have disappeared. Audio files do survive,

    however, thanks to Udo Wermuth:

    lecture 1 (6 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 2 (13 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 3 (27 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 4 (3 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 5 (1 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 6 (8 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    panel discussion (17 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    Errata

    As usual, I promise to deposit a reward of

    0x$1.00 ($2.56)

    to the account of the first person

    who finds and reports anything that remains technically, historically,

    typographically, or politically incorrect.

    If you have the original hardback edition of 2001, you might be interested

    in its historic errata list,

    which enriched the coffers of numerous readers.

    Here is a list of all nits that have been picked so far in the first

    paperback printing (2003):

    page 6, line 5 (14 Nov 2003)

    change "in a effort" to "in an effort"

    page 23, line 14 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "ton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 35, bottom line (30 Oct 2010)

    change "on every" to "on nearly every"

    page 36, line 2 (30 Oct 2010)

    change "59 pages" to "roughly 59 pages"

    page 112, line 1 (18 Nov 2003)

    change "Kirsten" to "Kerstin"

    page 120, lines 10, 11, 12 (02 Feb 2017)

    change "mirror image … didn’t fit" to

    "rotation. When I first prepared this image, my combination of the individual layers and color separations was slightly off; the letters didn’t fit"

    page 134, line 10 from the bottom (29 Dec 2003)

    change "Page 96" to "Page 95"

    page 135, line 18 (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van Randow" to "von Randow"

    page 165, line 6 from the bottom (21 Nov 2003)

    change "the the" to "the"

    page 200, line 16 (27 Nov 2007)

    change "Job 33" to "Job 22"

    page 228, line 20 (25 Jan 2007)

    change "is to ask is" to "is to ask"

    page 237, line 15 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "Baton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 243, Cantor entry (26 Jun 2005)

    change "Philip" to "Philipp"

    page 245, Dijkstra entry (28 Mar 2005)

    change "Wijbe" to "Wybe"

    page 252, Planck entry (28 April 2008)

    change "Max Karl Ernst" to "Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx (= Max)"

    page 253, Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van" to "von"

    page 256, Van Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change it to "von Randow", and re-alphabetize

    back cover, line 15 (25 Jun 2015)

    change "translation,aesthetics" to "translation, æsthetics"

    I hope the book is otherwise error-free; but (sigh) it

    probably isn’t, because each page presented me with numerous opportunities

    to make mistakes. Please send suggested corrections to

    knuth-bug@cs.stanford.edu, or send snail mail to

    Prof. D. Knuth, Computer Science Department, Gates Building 4B,

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9045 USA.

    I may not be able to

    read your message until many months have gone by, because I’m working

    intensively on

    The Art of Computer Programming. However,

    I promise to reply in due time.

    DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO KNUTH-BUG EXCEPT TO REPORT ERRORS IN BOOKS!

    And if you do report an error via email, please do not

    include attachments of any kind; your message should be

    readable on brand-X operating systems for all values of X.

    Don Knuth’s home page

    Don Knuth’s book on the 3:16 project

    Don Knuth’s other books

    https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/things.html

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  3. Knuth: Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About 6

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

    by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California:

    Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2001), xi+257 pp.

    (CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 136.)

    ISBN 1-57586-327-8

    Japanese translation by Tooru Takizawa, Yuko Makino, and Noboru Tomizawa,

    Computer Kagakusha ga Mettanî Kataranaî Koto (Tokyo:

    SiBaccess Co. Ltd, 2003),

    x+260 pp.

    In the fall of 1999, computer scientist Donald E. Knuth was invited to

    give six public lectures at MIT on the general subject of relations between

    faith and science. The lectures were broadcast live on the Internet

    and watched regularly by tens of thousands of people around the world,

    and they have remained popular many months after the event. This book contains

    transcripts of those lectures, edited and annotated by the author.

    After an introductory first session, the second lecture focuses on the

    interaction of randomization and religion, since randomization has become a

    key area of scientific interest during the past few decades.

    The third

    lecture considers questions of language translation, with many examples drawn

    from the author’s experiments in which random verses of the Bible were

    analyzed in depth. The fourth one deals with art and aesthetics; it

    illustrates several ways in which beautiful presentations can greatly deepen

    our perception of difficult concepts. The fifth lecture discusses what the

    author learned from the "3:16 project," a personal exploration of Biblical

    literature which he regards as a turning point in his own life.

    The sixth and final lecture, "God and Computer Science," is largely

    independent of the other five. It deals with several new perspectives

    by which concepts of computer science help to shed light on many ancient and

    difficult questions previously addressed by scientists in other fields.

    A significant part of each lecture is devoted to spontaneous

    questions from the audience and the speaker’s impromptu responses,

    transcribed from videotapes of the original sessions.

    The book concludes with a transcript of a panel discussion in

    which Knuth joins several other prominent computer specialists

    to discuss "Creativity, Spirituality, and Computer Science."

    The other panelists are Guy L. Steele Jr. of Sun Microsystems,

    Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mitch Kapor

    of Lotus Development Corporation, together with moderator

    Harry Lewis of Harvard University.

    The author has contributed additional notes and a comprehensive index.

    More than 100 illustrations accompany the text.

    Excerpt from the Foreword by Anne Foerst

    Many listeners, particularly students, used the opportunity to ask their

    “god” about the questions that bothered them. Don had to address questions

    such as, “Why is there evil in the world?”

    “What happens after death?”

    Students

    wanted him to give them answers about the meaning of life, and if there were

    any miracles. In short, they treated Don as people within a faith-community

    treat their minister.

    It didn’t help that Don was absolutely clear about having no authority to

    answer these questions. It was particularly upsetting for some people when Don

    gave his opinion that the questions have

    no objective, universally valuable, and applicable answers;

    that everyone has to try to seek answers for themselves. From

    the feedback, I gathered that some people were disappointed. But the vast

    majority of people were excited. Against all of their prejudices, here was

    someone religious who did not claim to own the truth. Instead, Don invited his

    listeners to find their own path, of questioning and reasoning about

    themselves and all the rest.

    The text of this book certainly speaks for itself. I would like to invite the

    reader to follow the quest within this book. It was an exciting event at MIT,

    and I am convinced that the book can get much of the same spirit across.

    I wish the reader fun, anger, excitement, and trouble,

    because that is something

    only a deeply engaging topic such as religion and science can do for us.

    Don has

    presented a wonderful way to relate his science and his faith, and I hope the

    readers will enjoy it as much as the live audience did.

    Other Reviews

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About is a unique

    book. Ultimately its charm lies in the author’s approach to the

    subject rather than what he actually finds in the end. As Knuth

    himself writes, in discussing the purpose of life, “The important

    thing to me … is not the destination, but the journey.”

    — Saul A. Teukolsky, Physics Today (April 2002)

    One mark of a good author is the ability to make a successful book

    out of an unpromising subject. — American Scientist

    (May—June 2002)

    … a fascinating book. … musings about the interface between computer

    science and Christian theology are definitely not what one usually hears

    computer scientists talking about, but I’m glad Knuth was willing to

    take the risk of discussing them. — Fernando Q. Gouvêa,

    MAA Reviews (February 2002)

    Lecture 6 was the meat of the book for me, discussing how concepts of

    computer science including computational complexity might give insights

    about divinity. — Ian Parberry, SIGACT News (December 2002)

    Although there is little technical content …, this collection of wisdom

    and insights makes fascinating reading … After all, the author says,

    “computer science is wonderful but it is not everything.”

    Occasionally even mathematicians and computer scientists should think

    about the meaning of life. … Each chapter concludes with a really

    good set of spontaneous questions from the audience and the speaker’s

    impromptu responses, as well as excellent endnotes. — Jerrold W.

    Grossman, Mathematical Reviews (November 2003)

    Knuth’s involvement was a great boon for MIT’s “God and Computers” project.

    — Albert C. Lewis, Zentralblatt MATH 1033 (2004)

    … Knuth is courageously unconventional, dealing with theological matters

    as a mathematician and computer scientist.

    It’s always reassuring, and even inspirational, to see a famous scientist

    humbly approach these questions and declare himself confused like the rest of us.

    … [The book’s] value is in seeing that computer scientists can and should address

    the big issues; and also the uniquely humorous, down-to-earth, and personal way

    that he does it. After all, he opens with, “Why I am unqualified to give these

    lectures” and then “Why the lectures might be interesting anyway.”

    And they certainly are. — Brendan O’Connor, IEEE Annals of the

    History of Computing (October—December 2004).

    Further notes

    This book can be ordered from the publisher

    (CSLI),

    and also from the distributor

    (University of Chicago Press).

    Curiosity seekers might also want to go back to the

    old (1999) webpage

    on which the lectures were first advertised.

    Videos of the original lectures were hosted for many years by Dr Dobbs Journal,

    but all traces of those videos seem to have disappeared. Audio files do survive,

    however, thanks to Udo Wermuth:

    lecture 1 (6 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 2 (13 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 3 (27 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 4 (3 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 5 (1 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 6 (8 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    panel discussion (17 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    Errata

    As usual, I promise to deposit a reward of

    0x$1.00 ($2.56)

    to the account of the first person

    who finds and reports anything that remains technically, historically,

    typographically, or politically incorrect.

    If you have the original hardback edition of 2001, you might be interested

    in its historic errata list,

    which enriched the coffers of numerous readers.

    Here is a list of all nits that have been picked so far in the first

    paperback printing (2003):

    page 6, line 5 (14 Nov 2003)

    change "in a effort" to "in an effort"

    page 23, line 14 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "ton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 35, bottom line (30 Oct 2010)

    change "on every" to "on nearly every"

    page 36, line 2 (30 Oct 2010)

    change "59 pages" to "roughly 59 pages"

    page 112, line 1 (18 Nov 2003)

    change "Kirsten" to "Kerstin"

    page 120, lines 10, 11, 12 (02 Feb 2017)

    change "mirror image … didn’t fit" to

    "rotation. When I first prepared this image, my combination of the individual layers and color separations was slightly off; the letters didn’t fit"

    page 134, line 10 from the bottom (29 Dec 2003)

    change "Page 96" to "Page 95"

    page 135, line 18 (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van Randow" to "von Randow"

    page 165, line 6 from the bottom (21 Nov 2003)

    change "the the" to "the"

    page 200, line 16 (27 Nov 2007)

    change "Job 33" to "Job 22"

    page 228, line 20 (25 Jan 2007)

    change "is to ask is" to "is to ask"

    page 237, line 15 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "Baton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 243, Cantor entry (26 Jun 2005)

    change "Philip" to "Philipp"

    page 245, Dijkstra entry (28 Mar 2005)

    change "Wijbe" to "Wybe"

    page 252, Planck entry (28 April 2008)

    change "Max Karl Ernst" to "Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx (= Max)"

    page 253, Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van" to "von"

    page 256, Van Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change it to "von Randow", and re-alphabetize

    back cover, line 15 (25 Jun 2015)

    change "translation,aesthetics" to "translation, æsthetics"

    I hope the book is otherwise error-free; but (sigh) it

    probably isn’t, because each page presented me with numerous opportunities

    to make mistakes. Please send suggested corrections to

    knuth-bug@cs.stanford.edu, or send snail mail to

    Prof. D. Knuth, Computer Science Department, Gates Building 4B,

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9045 USA.

    I may not be able to

    read your message until many months have gone by, because I’m working

    intensively on

    The Art of Computer Programming. However,

    I promise to reply in due time.

    DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO KNUTH-BUG EXCEPT TO REPORT ERRORS IN BOOKS!

    And if you do report an error via email, please do not

    include attachments of any kind; your message should be

    readable on brand-X operating systems for all values of X.

    Don Knuth’s home page

    Don Knuth’s book on the 3:16 project

    Don Knuth’s other books

    https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/things.html

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  4. Knuth: Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About 5

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

    by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California:

    Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2001), xi+257 pp.

    (CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 136.)

    ISBN 1-57586-327-8

    Japanese translation by Tooru Takizawa, Yuko Makino, and Noboru Tomizawa,

    Computer Kagakusha ga Mettanî Kataranaî Koto (Tokyo:

    SiBaccess Co. Ltd, 2003),

    x+260 pp.

    In the fall of 1999, computer scientist Donald E. Knuth was invited to

    give six public lectures at MIT on the general subject of relations between

    faith and science. The lectures were broadcast live on the Internet

    and watched regularly by tens of thousands of people around the world,

    and they have remained popular many months after the event. This book contains

    transcripts of those lectures, edited and annotated by the author.

    After an introductory first session, the second lecture focuses on the

    interaction of randomization and religion, since randomization has become a

    key area of scientific interest during the past few decades.

    The third

    lecture considers questions of language translation, with many examples drawn

    from the author’s experiments in which random verses of the Bible were

    analyzed in depth. The fourth one deals with art and aesthetics; it

    illustrates several ways in which beautiful presentations can greatly deepen

    our perception of difficult concepts. The fifth lecture discusses what the

    author learned from the "3:16 project," a personal exploration of Biblical

    literature which he regards as a turning point in his own life.

    The sixth and final lecture, "God and Computer Science," is largely

    independent of the other five. It deals with several new perspectives

    by which concepts of computer science help to shed light on many ancient and

    difficult questions previously addressed by scientists in other fields.

    A significant part of each lecture is devoted to spontaneous

    questions from the audience and the speaker’s impromptu responses,

    transcribed from videotapes of the original sessions.

    The book concludes with a transcript of a panel discussion in

    which Knuth joins several other prominent computer specialists

    to discuss "Creativity, Spirituality, and Computer Science."

    The other panelists are Guy L. Steele Jr. of Sun Microsystems,

    Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mitch Kapor

    of Lotus Development Corporation, together with moderator

    Harry Lewis of Harvard University.

    The author has contributed additional notes and a comprehensive index.

    More than 100 illustrations accompany the text.

    Excerpt from the Foreword by Anne Foerst

    Many listeners, particularly students, used the opportunity to ask their

    “god” about the questions that bothered them. Don had to address questions

    such as, “Why is there evil in the world?”

    “What happens after death?”

    Students

    wanted him to give them answers about the meaning of life, and if there were

    any miracles. In short, they treated Don as people within a faith-community

    treat their minister.

    It didn’t help that Don was absolutely clear about having no authority to

    answer these questions. It was particularly upsetting for some people when Don

    gave his opinion that the questions have

    no objective, universally valuable, and applicable answers;

    that everyone has to try to seek answers for themselves. From

    the feedback, I gathered that some people were disappointed. But the vast

    majority of people were excited. Against all of their prejudices, here was

    someone religious who did not claim to own the truth. Instead, Don invited his

    listeners to find their own path, of questioning and reasoning about

    themselves and all the rest.

    The text of this book certainly speaks for itself. I would like to invite the

    reader to follow the quest within this book. It was an exciting event at MIT,

    and I am convinced that the book can get much of the same spirit across.

    I wish the reader fun, anger, excitement, and trouble,

    because that is something

    only a deeply engaging topic such as religion and science can do for us.

    Don has

    presented a wonderful way to relate his science and his faith, and I hope the

    readers will enjoy it as much as the live audience did.

    Other Reviews

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About is a unique

    book. Ultimately its charm lies in the author’s approach to the

    subject rather than what he actually finds in the end. As Knuth

    himself writes, in discussing the purpose of life, “The important

    thing to me … is not the destination, but the journey.”

    — Saul A. Teukolsky, Physics Today (April 2002)

    One mark of a good author is the ability to make a successful book

    out of an unpromising subject. — American Scientist

    (May—June 2002)

    … a fascinating book. … musings about the interface between computer

    science and Christian theology are definitely not what one usually hears

    computer scientists talking about, but I’m glad Knuth was willing to

    take the risk of discussing them. — Fernando Q. Gouvêa,

    MAA Reviews (February 2002)

    Lecture 6 was the meat of the book for me, discussing how concepts of

    computer science including computational complexity might give insights

    about divinity. — Ian Parberry, SIGACT News (December 2002)

    Although there is little technical content …, this collection of wisdom

    and insights makes fascinating reading … After all, the author says,

    “computer science is wonderful but it is not everything.”

    Occasionally even mathematicians and computer scientists should think

    about the meaning of life. … Each chapter concludes with a really

    good set of spontaneous questions from the audience and the speaker’s

    impromptu responses, as well as excellent endnotes. — Jerrold W.

    Grossman, Mathematical Reviews (November 2003)

    Knuth’s involvement was a great boon for MIT’s “God and Computers” project.

    — Albert C. Lewis, Zentralblatt MATH 1033 (2004)

    … Knuth is courageously unconventional, dealing with theological matters

    as a mathematician and computer scientist.

    It’s always reassuring, and even inspirational, to see a famous scientist

    humbly approach these questions and declare himself confused like the rest of us.

    … [The book’s] value is in seeing that computer scientists can and should address

    the big issues; and also the uniquely humorous, down-to-earth, and personal way

    that he does it. After all, he opens with, “Why I am unqualified to give these

    lectures” and then “Why the lectures might be interesting anyway.”

    And they certainly are. — Brendan O’Connor, IEEE Annals of the

    History of Computing (October—December 2004).

    Further notes

    This book can be ordered from the publisher

    (CSLI),

    and also from the distributor

    (University of Chicago Press).

    Curiosity seekers might also want to go back to the

    old (1999) webpage

    on which the lectures were first advertised.

    Videos of the original lectures were hosted for many years by Dr Dobbs Journal,

    but all traces of those videos seem to have disappeared. Audio files do survive,

    however, thanks to Udo Wermuth:

    lecture 1 (6 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 2 (13 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 3 (27 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 4 (3 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 5 (1 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 6 (8 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    panel discussion (17 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    Errata

    As usual, I promise to deposit a reward of

    0x$1.00 ($2.56)

    to the account of the first person

    who finds and reports anything that remains technically, historically,

    typographically, or politically incorrect.

    If you have the original hardback edition of 2001, you might be interested

    in its historic errata list,

    which enriched the coffers of numerous readers.

    Here is a list of all nits that have been picked so far in the first

    paperback printing (2003):

    page 6, line 5 (14 Nov 2003)

    change "in a effort" to "in an effort"

    page 23, line 14 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "ton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 35, bottom line (30 Oct 2010)

    change "on every" to "on nearly every"

    page 36, line 2 (30 Oct 2010)

    change "59 pages" to "roughly 59 pages"

    page 112, line 1 (18 Nov 2003)

    change "Kirsten" to "Kerstin"

    page 120, lines 10, 11, 12 (02 Feb 2017)

    change "mirror image … didn’t fit" to

    "rotation. When I first prepared this image, my combination of the individual layers and color separations was slightly off; the letters didn’t fit"

    page 134, line 10 from the bottom (29 Dec 2003)

    change "Page 96" to "Page 95"

    page 135, line 18 (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van Randow" to "von Randow"

    page 165, line 6 from the bottom (21 Nov 2003)

    change "the the" to "the"

    page 200, line 16 (27 Nov 2007)

    change "Job 33" to "Job 22"

    page 228, line 20 (25 Jan 2007)

    change "is to ask is" to "is to ask"

    page 237, line 15 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "Baton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 243, Cantor entry (26 Jun 2005)

    change "Philip" to "Philipp"

    page 245, Dijkstra entry (28 Mar 2005)

    change "Wijbe" to "Wybe"

    page 252, Planck entry (28 April 2008)

    change "Max Karl Ernst" to "Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx (= Max)"

    page 253, Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van" to "von"

    page 256, Van Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change it to "von Randow", and re-alphabetize

    back cover, line 15 (25 Jun 2015)

    change "translation,aesthetics" to "translation, æsthetics"

    I hope the book is otherwise error-free; but (sigh) it

    probably isn’t, because each page presented me with numerous opportunities

    to make mistakes. Please send suggested corrections to

    knuth-bug@cs.stanford.edu, or send snail mail to

    Prof. D. Knuth, Computer Science Department, Gates Building 4B,

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9045 USA.

    I may not be able to

    read your message until many months have gone by, because I’m working

    intensively on

    The Art of Computer Programming. However,

    I promise to reply in due time.

    DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO KNUTH-BUG EXCEPT TO REPORT ERRORS IN BOOKS!

    And if you do report an error via email, please do not

    include attachments of any kind; your message should be

    readable on brand-X operating systems for all values of X.

    Don Knuth’s home page

    Don Knuth’s book on the 3:16 project

    Don Knuth’s other books

    https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/things.html

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  5. Knuth: Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About 4

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

    by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California:

    Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2001), xi+257 pp.

    (CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 136.)

    ISBN 1-57586-327-8

    Japanese translation by Tooru Takizawa, Yuko Makino, and Noboru Tomizawa,

    Computer Kagakusha ga Mettanî Kataranaî Koto (Tokyo:

    SiBaccess Co. Ltd, 2003),

    x+260 pp.

    In the fall of 1999, computer scientist Donald E. Knuth was invited to

    give six public lectures at MIT on the general subject of relations between

    faith and science. The lectures were broadcast live on the Internet

    and watched regularly by tens of thousands of people around the world,

    and they have remained popular many months after the event. This book contains

    transcripts of those lectures, edited and annotated by the author.

    After an introductory first session, the second lecture focuses on the

    interaction of randomization and religion, since randomization has become a

    key area of scientific interest during the past few decades.

    The third

    lecture considers questions of language translation, with many examples drawn

    from the author’s experiments in which random verses of the Bible were

    analyzed in depth. The fourth one deals with art and aesthetics; it

    illustrates several ways in which beautiful presentations can greatly deepen

    our perception of difficult concepts. The fifth lecture discusses what the

    author learned from the "3:16 project," a personal exploration of Biblical

    literature which he regards as a turning point in his own life.

    The sixth and final lecture, "God and Computer Science," is largely

    independent of the other five. It deals with several new perspectives

    by which concepts of computer science help to shed light on many ancient and

    difficult questions previously addressed by scientists in other fields.

    A significant part of each lecture is devoted to spontaneous

    questions from the audience and the speaker’s impromptu responses,

    transcribed from videotapes of the original sessions.

    The book concludes with a transcript of a panel discussion in

    which Knuth joins several other prominent computer specialists

    to discuss "Creativity, Spirituality, and Computer Science."

    The other panelists are Guy L. Steele Jr. of Sun Microsystems,

    Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mitch Kapor

    of Lotus Development Corporation, together with moderator

    Harry Lewis of Harvard University.

    The author has contributed additional notes and a comprehensive index.

    More than 100 illustrations accompany the text.

    Excerpt from the Foreword by Anne Foerst

    Many listeners, particularly students, used the opportunity to ask their

    “god” about the questions that bothered them. Don had to address questions

    such as, “Why is there evil in the world?”

    “What happens after death?”

    Students

    wanted him to give them answers about the meaning of life, and if there were

    any miracles. In short, they treated Don as people within a faith-community

    treat their minister.

    It didn’t help that Don was absolutely clear about having no authority to

    answer these questions. It was particularly upsetting for some people when Don

    gave his opinion that the questions have

    no objective, universally valuable, and applicable answers;

    that everyone has to try to seek answers for themselves. From

    the feedback, I gathered that some people were disappointed. But the vast

    majority of people were excited. Against all of their prejudices, here was

    someone religious who did not claim to own the truth. Instead, Don invited his

    listeners to find their own path, of questioning and reasoning about

    themselves and all the rest.

    The text of this book certainly speaks for itself. I would like to invite the

    reader to follow the quest within this book. It was an exciting event at MIT,

    and I am convinced that the book can get much of the same spirit across.

    I wish the reader fun, anger, excitement, and trouble,

    because that is something

    only a deeply engaging topic such as religion and science can do for us.

    Don has

    presented a wonderful way to relate his science and his faith, and I hope the

    readers will enjoy it as much as the live audience did.

    Other Reviews

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About is a unique

    book. Ultimately its charm lies in the author’s approach to the

    subject rather than what he actually finds in the end. As Knuth

    himself writes, in discussing the purpose of life, “The important

    thing to me … is not the destination, but the journey.”

    — Saul A. Teukolsky, Physics Today (April 2002)

    One mark of a good author is the ability to make a successful book

    out of an unpromising subject. — American Scientist

    (May—June 2002)

    … a fascinating book. … musings about the interface between computer

    science and Christian theology are definitely not what one usually hears

    computer scientists talking about, but I’m glad Knuth was willing to

    take the risk of discussing them. — Fernando Q. Gouvêa,

    MAA Reviews (February 2002)

    Lecture 6 was the meat of the book for me, discussing how concepts of

    computer science including computational complexity might give insights

    about divinity. — Ian Parberry, SIGACT News (December 2002)

    Although there is little technical content …, this collection of wisdom

    and insights makes fascinating reading … After all, the author says,

    “computer science is wonderful but it is not everything.”

    Occasionally even mathematicians and computer scientists should think

    about the meaning of life. … Each chapter concludes with a really

    good set of spontaneous questions from the audience and the speaker’s

    impromptu responses, as well as excellent endnotes. — Jerrold W.

    Grossman, Mathematical Reviews (November 2003)

    Knuth’s involvement was a great boon for MIT’s “God and Computers” project.

    — Albert C. Lewis, Zentralblatt MATH 1033 (2004)

    … Knuth is courageously unconventional, dealing with theological matters

    as a mathematician and computer scientist.

    It’s always reassuring, and even inspirational, to see a famous scientist

    humbly approach these questions and declare himself confused like the rest of us.

    … [The book’s] value is in seeing that computer scientists can and should address

    the big issues; and also the uniquely humorous, down-to-earth, and personal way

    that he does it. After all, he opens with, “Why I am unqualified to give these

    lectures” and then “Why the lectures might be interesting anyway.”

    And they certainly are. — Brendan O’Connor, IEEE Annals of the

    History of Computing (October—December 2004).

    Further notes

    This book can be ordered from the publisher

    (CSLI),

    and also from the distributor

    (University of Chicago Press).

    Curiosity seekers might also want to go back to the

    old (1999) webpage

    on which the lectures were first advertised.

    Videos of the original lectures were hosted for many years by Dr Dobbs Journal,

    but all traces of those videos seem to have disappeared. Audio files do survive,

    however, thanks to Udo Wermuth:

    lecture 1 (6 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 2 (13 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 3 (27 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 4 (3 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 5 (1 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 6 (8 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    panel discussion (17 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    Errata

    As usual, I promise to deposit a reward of

    0x$1.00 ($2.56)

    to the account of the first person

    who finds and reports anything that remains technically, historically,

    typographically, or politically incorrect.

    If you have the original hardback edition of 2001, you might be interested

    in its historic errata list,

    which enriched the coffers of numerous readers.

    Here is a list of all nits that have been picked so far in the first

    paperback printing (2003):

    page 6, line 5 (14 Nov 2003)

    change "in a effort" to "in an effort"

    page 23, line 14 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "ton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 35, bottom line (30 Oct 2010)

    change "on every" to "on nearly every"

    page 36, line 2 (30 Oct 2010)

    change "59 pages" to "roughly 59 pages"

    page 112, line 1 (18 Nov 2003)

    change "Kirsten" to "Kerstin"

    page 120, lines 10, 11, 12 (02 Feb 2017)

    change "mirror image … didn’t fit" to

    "rotation. When I first prepared this image, my combination of the individual layers and color separations was slightly off; the letters didn’t fit"

    page 134, line 10 from the bottom (29 Dec 2003)

    change "Page 96" to "Page 95"

    page 135, line 18 (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van Randow" to "von Randow"

    page 165, line 6 from the bottom (21 Nov 2003)

    change "the the" to "the"

    page 200, line 16 (27 Nov 2007)

    change "Job 33" to "Job 22"

    page 228, line 20 (25 Jan 2007)

    change "is to ask is" to "is to ask"

    page 237, line 15 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "Baton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 243, Cantor entry (26 Jun 2005)

    change "Philip" to "Philipp"

    page 245, Dijkstra entry (28 Mar 2005)

    change "Wijbe" to "Wybe"

    page 252, Planck entry (28 April 2008)

    change "Max Karl Ernst" to "Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx (= Max)"

    page 253, Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van" to "von"

    page 256, Van Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change it to "von Randow", and re-alphabetize

    back cover, line 15 (25 Jun 2015)

    change "translation,aesthetics" to "translation, æsthetics"

    I hope the book is otherwise error-free; but (sigh) it

    probably isn’t, because each page presented me with numerous opportunities

    to make mistakes. Please send suggested corrections to

    knuth-bug@cs.stanford.edu, or send snail mail to

    Prof. D. Knuth, Computer Science Department, Gates Building 4B,

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9045 USA.

    I may not be able to

    read your message until many months have gone by, because I’m working

    intensively on

    The Art of Computer Programming. However,

    I promise to reply in due time.

    DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO KNUTH-BUG EXCEPT TO REPORT ERRORS IN BOOKS!

    And if you do report an error via email, please do not

    include attachments of any kind; your message should be

    readable on brand-X operating systems for all values of X.

    Don Knuth’s home page

    Don Knuth’s book on the 3:16 project

    Don Knuth’s other books

    https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/things.html

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  6. Knuth: Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About 3

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

    by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California:

    Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2001), xi+257 pp.

    (CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 136.)

    ISBN 1-57586-327-8

    Japanese translation by Tooru Takizawa, Yuko Makino, and Noboru Tomizawa,

    Computer Kagakusha ga Mettanî Kataranaî Koto (Tokyo:

    SiBaccess Co. Ltd, 2003),

    x+260 pp.

    In the fall of 1999, computer scientist Donald E. Knuth was invited to

    give six public lectures at MIT on the general subject of relations between

    faith and science. The lectures were broadcast live on the Internet

    and watched regularly by tens of thousands of people around the world,

    and they have remained popular many months after the event. This book contains

    transcripts of those lectures, edited and annotated by the author.

    After an introductory first session, the second lecture focuses on the

    interaction of randomization and religion, since randomization has become a

    key area of scientific interest during the past few decades.

    The third

    lecture considers questions of language translation, with many examples drawn

    from the author’s experiments in which random verses of the Bible were

    analyzed in depth. The fourth one deals with art and aesthetics; it

    illustrates several ways in which beautiful presentations can greatly deepen

    our perception of difficult concepts. The fifth lecture discusses what the

    author learned from the "3:16 project," a personal exploration of Biblical

    literature which he regards as a turning point in his own life.

    The sixth and final lecture, "God and Computer Science," is largely

    independent of the other five. It deals with several new perspectives

    by which concepts of computer science help to shed light on many ancient and

    difficult questions previously addressed by scientists in other fields.

    A significant part of each lecture is devoted to spontaneous

    questions from the audience and the speaker’s impromptu responses,

    transcribed from videotapes of the original sessions.

    The book concludes with a transcript of a panel discussion in

    which Knuth joins several other prominent computer specialists

    to discuss "Creativity, Spirituality, and Computer Science."

    The other panelists are Guy L. Steele Jr. of Sun Microsystems,

    Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mitch Kapor

    of Lotus Development Corporation, together with moderator

    Harry Lewis of Harvard University.

    The author has contributed additional notes and a comprehensive index.

    More than 100 illustrations accompany the text.

    Excerpt from the Foreword by Anne Foerst

    Many listeners, particularly students, used the opportunity to ask their

    “god” about the questions that bothered them. Don had to address questions

    such as, “Why is there evil in the world?”

    “What happens after death?”

    Students

    wanted him to give them answers about the meaning of life, and if there were

    any miracles. In short, they treated Don as people within a faith-community

    treat their minister.

    It didn’t help that Don was absolutely clear about having no authority to

    answer these questions. It was particularly upsetting for some people when Don

    gave his opinion that the questions have

    no objective, universally valuable, and applicable answers;

    that everyone has to try to seek answers for themselves. From

    the feedback, I gathered that some people were disappointed. But the vast

    majority of people were excited. Against all of their prejudices, here was

    someone religious who did not claim to own the truth. Instead, Don invited his

    listeners to find their own path, of questioning and reasoning about

    themselves and all the rest.

    The text of this book certainly speaks for itself. I would like to invite the

    reader to follow the quest within this book. It was an exciting event at MIT,

    and I am convinced that the book can get much of the same spirit across.

    I wish the reader fun, anger, excitement, and trouble,

    because that is something

    only a deeply engaging topic such as religion and science can do for us.

    Don has

    presented a wonderful way to relate his science and his faith, and I hope the

    readers will enjoy it as much as the live audience did.

    Other Reviews

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About is a unique

    book. Ultimately its charm lies in the author’s approach to the

    subject rather than what he actually finds in the end. As Knuth

    himself writes, in discussing the purpose of life, “The important

    thing to me … is not the destination, but the journey.”

    — Saul A. Teukolsky, Physics Today (April 2002)

    One mark of a good author is the ability to make a successful book

    out of an unpromising subject. — American Scientist

    (May—June 2002)

    … a fascinating book. … musings about the interface between computer

    science and Christian theology are definitely not what one usually hears

    computer scientists talking about, but I’m glad Knuth was willing to

    take the risk of discussing them. — Fernando Q. Gouvêa,

    MAA Reviews (February 2002)

    Lecture 6 was the meat of the book for me, discussing how concepts of

    computer science including computational complexity might give insights

    about divinity. — Ian Parberry, SIGACT News (December 2002)

    Although there is little technical content …, this collection of wisdom

    and insights makes fascinating reading … After all, the author says,

    “computer science is wonderful but it is not everything.”

    Occasionally even mathematicians and computer scientists should think

    about the meaning of life. … Each chapter concludes with a really

    good set of spontaneous questions from the audience and the speaker’s

    impromptu responses, as well as excellent endnotes. — Jerrold W.

    Grossman, Mathematical Reviews (November 2003)

    Knuth’s involvement was a great boon for MIT’s “God and Computers” project.

    — Albert C. Lewis, Zentralblatt MATH 1033 (2004)

    … Knuth is courageously unconventional, dealing with theological matters

    as a mathematician and computer scientist.

    It’s always reassuring, and even inspirational, to see a famous scientist

    humbly approach these questions and declare himself confused like the rest of us.

    … [The book’s] value is in seeing that computer scientists can and should address

    the big issues; and also the uniquely humorous, down-to-earth, and personal way

    that he does it. After all, he opens with, “Why I am unqualified to give these

    lectures” and then “Why the lectures might be interesting anyway.”

    And they certainly are. — Brendan O’Connor, IEEE Annals of the

    History of Computing (October—December 2004).

    Further notes

    This book can be ordered from the publisher

    (CSLI),

    and also from the distributor

    (University of Chicago Press).

    Curiosity seekers might also want to go back to the

    old (1999) webpage

    on which the lectures were first advertised.

    Videos of the original lectures were hosted for many years by Dr Dobbs Journal,

    but all traces of those videos seem to have disappeared. Audio files do survive,

    however, thanks to Udo Wermuth:

    lecture 1 (6 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 2 (13 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 3 (27 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 4 (3 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 5 (1 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 6 (8 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    panel discussion (17 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    Errata

    As usual, I promise to deposit a reward of

    0x$1.00 ($2.56)

    to the account of the first person

    who finds and reports anything that remains technically, historically,

    typographically, or politically incorrect.

    If you have the original hardback edition of 2001, you might be interested

    in its historic errata list,

    which enriched the coffers of numerous readers.

    Here is a list of all nits that have been picked so far in the first

    paperback printing (2003):

    page 6, line 5 (14 Nov 2003)

    change "in a effort" to "in an effort"

    page 23, line 14 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "ton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 35, bottom line (30 Oct 2010)

    change "on every" to "on nearly every"

    page 36, line 2 (30 Oct 2010)

    change "59 pages" to "roughly 59 pages"

    page 112, line 1 (18 Nov 2003)

    change "Kirsten" to "Kerstin"

    page 120, lines 10, 11, 12 (02 Feb 2017)

    change "mirror image … didn’t fit" to

    "rotation. When I first prepared this image, my combination of the individual layers and color separations was slightly off; the letters didn’t fit"

    page 134, line 10 from the bottom (29 Dec 2003)

    change "Page 96" to "Page 95"

    page 135, line 18 (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van Randow" to "von Randow"

    page 165, line 6 from the bottom (21 Nov 2003)

    change "the the" to "the"

    page 200, line 16 (27 Nov 2007)

    change "Job 33" to "Job 22"

    page 228, line 20 (25 Jan 2007)

    change "is to ask is" to "is to ask"

    page 237, line 15 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "Baton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 243, Cantor entry (26 Jun 2005)

    change "Philip" to "Philipp"

    page 245, Dijkstra entry (28 Mar 2005)

    change "Wijbe" to "Wybe"

    page 252, Planck entry (28 April 2008)

    change "Max Karl Ernst" to "Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx (= Max)"

    page 253, Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van" to "von"

    page 256, Van Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change it to "von Randow", and re-alphabetize

    back cover, line 15 (25 Jun 2015)

    change "translation,aesthetics" to "translation, æsthetics"

    I hope the book is otherwise error-free; but (sigh) it

    probably isn’t, because each page presented me with numerous opportunities

    to make mistakes. Please send suggested corrections to

    knuth-bug@cs.stanford.edu, or send snail mail to

    Prof. D. Knuth, Computer Science Department, Gates Building 4B,

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9045 USA.

    I may not be able to

    read your message until many months have gone by, because I’m working

    intensively on

    The Art of Computer Programming. However,

    I promise to reply in due time.

    DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO KNUTH-BUG EXCEPT TO REPORT ERRORS IN BOOKS!

    And if you do report an error via email, please do not

    include attachments of any kind; your message should be

    readable on brand-X operating systems for all values of X.

    Don Knuth’s home page

    Don Knuth’s book on the 3:16 project

    Don Knuth’s other books

    https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/things.html

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  7. Knuth: Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About 2

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

    by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California:

    Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2001), xi+257 pp.

    (CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 136.)

    ISBN 1-57586-327-8

    Japanese translation by Tooru Takizawa, Yuko Makino, and Noboru Tomizawa,

    Computer Kagakusha ga Mettanî Kataranaî Koto (Tokyo:

    SiBaccess Co. Ltd, 2003),

    x+260 pp.

    In the fall of 1999, computer scientist Donald E. Knuth was invited to

    give six public lectures at MIT on the general subject of relations between

    faith and science. The lectures were broadcast live on the Internet

    and watched regularly by tens of thousands of people around the world,

    and they have remained popular many months after the event. This book contains

    transcripts of those lectures, edited and annotated by the author.

    After an introductory first session, the second lecture focuses on the

    interaction of randomization and religion, since randomization has become a

    key area of scientific interest during the past few decades.

    The third

    lecture considers questions of language translation, with many examples drawn

    from the author’s experiments in which random verses of the Bible were

    analyzed in depth. The fourth one deals with art and aesthetics; it

    illustrates several ways in which beautiful presentations can greatly deepen

    our perception of difficult concepts. The fifth lecture discusses what the

    author learned from the "3:16 project," a personal exploration of Biblical

    literature which he regards as a turning point in his own life.

    The sixth and final lecture, "God and Computer Science," is largely

    independent of the other five. It deals with several new perspectives

    by which concepts of computer science help to shed light on many ancient and

    difficult questions previously addressed by scientists in other fields.

    A significant part of each lecture is devoted to spontaneous

    questions from the audience and the speaker’s impromptu responses,

    transcribed from videotapes of the original sessions.

    The book concludes with a transcript of a panel discussion in

    which Knuth joins several other prominent computer specialists

    to discuss "Creativity, Spirituality, and Computer Science."

    The other panelists are Guy L. Steele Jr. of Sun Microsystems,

    Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mitch Kapor

    of Lotus Development Corporation, together with moderator

    Harry Lewis of Harvard University.

    The author has contributed additional notes and a comprehensive index.

    More than 100 illustrations accompany the text.

    Excerpt from the Foreword by Anne Foerst

    Many listeners, particularly students, used the opportunity to ask their

    “god” about the questions that bothered them. Don had to address questions

    such as, “Why is there evil in the world?”

    “What happens after death?”

    Students

    wanted him to give them answers about the meaning of life, and if there were

    any miracles. In short, they treated Don as people within a faith-community

    treat their minister.

    It didn’t help that Don was absolutely clear about having no authority to

    answer these questions. It was particularly upsetting for some people when Don

    gave his opinion that the questions have

    no objective, universally valuable, and applicable answers;

    that everyone has to try to seek answers for themselves. From

    the feedback, I gathered that some people were disappointed. But the vast

    majority of people were excited. Against all of their prejudices, here was

    someone religious who did not claim to own the truth. Instead, Don invited his

    listeners to find their own path, of questioning and reasoning about

    themselves and all the rest.

    The text of this book certainly speaks for itself. I would like to invite the

    reader to follow the quest within this book. It was an exciting event at MIT,

    and I am convinced that the book can get much of the same spirit across.

    I wish the reader fun, anger, excitement, and trouble,

    because that is something

    only a deeply engaging topic such as religion and science can do for us.

    Don has

    presented a wonderful way to relate his science and his faith, and I hope the

    readers will enjoy it as much as the live audience did.

    Other Reviews

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About is a unique

    book. Ultimately its charm lies in the author’s approach to the

    subject rather than what he actually finds in the end. As Knuth

    himself writes, in discussing the purpose of life, “The important

    thing to me … is not the destination, but the journey.”

    — Saul A. Teukolsky, Physics Today (April 2002)

    One mark of a good author is the ability to make a successful book

    out of an unpromising subject. — American Scientist

    (May—June 2002)

    … a fascinating book. … musings about the interface between computer

    science and Christian theology are definitely not what one usually hears

    computer scientists talking about, but I’m glad Knuth was willing to

    take the risk of discussing them. — Fernando Q. Gouvêa,

    MAA Reviews (February 2002)

    Lecture 6 was the meat of the book for me, discussing how concepts of

    computer science including computational complexity might give insights

    about divinity. — Ian Parberry, SIGACT News (December 2002)

    Although there is little technical content …, this collection of wisdom

    and insights makes fascinating reading … After all, the author says,

    “computer science is wonderful but it is not everything.”

    Occasionally even mathematicians and computer scientists should think

    about the meaning of life. … Each chapter concludes with a really

    good set of spontaneous questions from the audience and the speaker’s

    impromptu responses, as well as excellent endnotes. — Jerrold W.

    Grossman, Mathematical Reviews (November 2003)

    Knuth’s involvement was a great boon for MIT’s “God and Computers” project.

    — Albert C. Lewis, Zentralblatt MATH 1033 (2004)

    … Knuth is courageously unconventional, dealing with theological matters

    as a mathematician and computer scientist.

    It’s always reassuring, and even inspirational, to see a famous scientist

    humbly approach these questions and declare himself confused like the rest of us.

    … [The book’s] value is in seeing that computer scientists can and should address

    the big issues; and also the uniquely humorous, down-to-earth, and personal way

    that he does it. After all, he opens with, “Why I am unqualified to give these

    lectures” and then “Why the lectures might be interesting anyway.”

    And they certainly are. — Brendan O’Connor, IEEE Annals of the

    History of Computing (October—December 2004).

    Further notes

    This book can be ordered from the publisher

    (CSLI),

    and also from the distributor

    (University of Chicago Press).

    Curiosity seekers might also want to go back to the

    old (1999) webpage

    on which the lectures were first advertised.

    Videos of the original lectures were hosted for many years by Dr Dobbs Journal,

    but all traces of those videos seem to have disappeared. Audio files do survive,

    however, thanks to Udo Wermuth:

    lecture 1 (6 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 2 (13 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 3 (27 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 4 (3 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 5 (1 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 6 (8 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    panel discussion (17 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    Errata

    As usual, I promise to deposit a reward of

    0x$1.00 ($2.56)

    to the account of the first person

    who finds and reports anything that remains technically, historically,

    typographically, or politically incorrect.

    If you have the original hardback edition of 2001, you might be interested

    in its historic errata list,

    which enriched the coffers of numerous readers.

    Here is a list of all nits that have been picked so far in the first

    paperback printing (2003):

    page 6, line 5 (14 Nov 2003)

    change "in a effort" to "in an effort"

    page 23, line 14 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "ton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 35, bottom line (30 Oct 2010)

    change "on every" to "on nearly every"

    page 36, line 2 (30 Oct 2010)

    change "59 pages" to "roughly 59 pages"

    page 112, line 1 (18 Nov 2003)

    change "Kirsten" to "Kerstin"

    page 120, lines 10, 11, 12 (02 Feb 2017)

    change "mirror image … didn’t fit" to

    "rotation. When I first prepared this image, my combination of the individual layers and color separations was slightly off; the letters didn’t fit"

    page 134, line 10 from the bottom (29 Dec 2003)

    change "Page 96" to "Page 95"

    page 135, line 18 (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van Randow" to "von Randow"

    page 165, line 6 from the bottom (21 Nov 2003)

    change "the the" to "the"

    page 200, line 16 (27 Nov 2007)

    change "Job 33" to "Job 22"

    page 228, line 20 (25 Jan 2007)

    change "is to ask is" to "is to ask"

    page 237, line 15 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "Baton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 243, Cantor entry (26 Jun 2005)

    change "Philip" to "Philipp"

    page 245, Dijkstra entry (28 Mar 2005)

    change "Wijbe" to "Wybe"

    page 252, Planck entry (28 April 2008)

    change "Max Karl Ernst" to "Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx (= Max)"

    page 253, Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van" to "von"

    page 256, Van Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change it to "von Randow", and re-alphabetize

    back cover, line 15 (25 Jun 2015)

    change "translation,aesthetics" to "translation, æsthetics"

    I hope the book is otherwise error-free; but (sigh) it

    probably isn’t, because each page presented me with numerous opportunities

    to make mistakes. Please send suggested corrections to

    knuth-bug@cs.stanford.edu, or send snail mail to

    Prof. D. Knuth, Computer Science Department, Gates Building 4B,

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9045 USA.

    I may not be able to

    read your message until many months have gone by, because I’m working

    intensively on

    The Art of Computer Programming. However,

    I promise to reply in due time.

    DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO KNUTH-BUG EXCEPT TO REPORT ERRORS IN BOOKS!

    And if you do report an error via email, please do not

    include attachments of any kind; your message should be

    readable on brand-X operating systems for all values of X.

    Don Knuth’s home page

    Don Knuth’s book on the 3:16 project

    Don Knuth’s other books

    https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/things.html

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  8. Knuth: Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About 1

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About

    by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California:

    Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2001), xi+257 pp.

    (CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 136.)

    ISBN 1-57586-327-8

    Japanese translation by Tooru Takizawa, Yuko Makino, and Noboru Tomizawa,

    Computer Kagakusha ga Mettanî Kataranaî Koto (Tokyo:

    SiBaccess Co. Ltd, 2003),

    x+260 pp.

    In the fall of 1999, computer scientist Donald E. Knuth was invited to

    give six public lectures at MIT on the general subject of relations between

    faith and science. The lectures were broadcast live on the Internet

    and watched regularly by tens of thousands of people around the world,

    and they have remained popular many months after the event. This book contains

    transcripts of those lectures, edited and annotated by the author.

    After an introductory first session, the second lecture focuses on the

    interaction of randomization and religion, since randomization has become a

    key area of scientific interest during the past few decades.

    The third

    lecture considers questions of language translation, with many examples drawn

    from the author’s experiments in which random verses of the Bible were

    analyzed in depth. The fourth one deals with art and aesthetics; it

    illustrates several ways in which beautiful presentations can greatly deepen

    our perception of difficult concepts. The fifth lecture discusses what the

    author learned from the "3:16 project," a personal exploration of Biblical

    literature which he regards as a turning point in his own life.

    The sixth and final lecture, "God and Computer Science," is largely

    independent of the other five. It deals with several new perspectives

    by which concepts of computer science help to shed light on many ancient and

    difficult questions previously addressed by scientists in other fields.

    A significant part of each lecture is devoted to spontaneous

    questions from the audience and the speaker’s impromptu responses,

    transcribed from videotapes of the original sessions.

    The book concludes with a transcript of a panel discussion in

    which Knuth joins several other prominent computer specialists

    to discuss "Creativity, Spirituality, and Computer Science."

    The other panelists are Guy L. Steele Jr. of Sun Microsystems,

    Manuela Veloso of Carnegie Mellon University, and Mitch Kapor

    of Lotus Development Corporation, together with moderator

    Harry Lewis of Harvard University.

    The author has contributed additional notes and a comprehensive index.

    More than 100 illustrations accompany the text.

    Excerpt from the Foreword by Anne Foerst

    Many listeners, particularly students, used the opportunity to ask their

    “god” about the questions that bothered them. Don had to address questions

    such as, “Why is there evil in the world?”

    “What happens after death?”

    Students

    wanted him to give them answers about the meaning of life, and if there were

    any miracles. In short, they treated Don as people within a faith-community

    treat their minister.

    It didn’t help that Don was absolutely clear about having no authority to

    answer these questions. It was particularly upsetting for some people when Don

    gave his opinion that the questions have

    no objective, universally valuable, and applicable answers;

    that everyone has to try to seek answers for themselves. From

    the feedback, I gathered that some people were disappointed. But the vast

    majority of people were excited. Against all of their prejudices, here was

    someone religious who did not claim to own the truth. Instead, Don invited his

    listeners to find their own path, of questioning and reasoning about

    themselves and all the rest.

    The text of this book certainly speaks for itself. I would like to invite the

    reader to follow the quest within this book. It was an exciting event at MIT,

    and I am convinced that the book can get much of the same spirit across.

    I wish the reader fun, anger, excitement, and trouble,

    because that is something

    only a deeply engaging topic such as religion and science can do for us.

    Don has

    presented a wonderful way to relate his science and his faith, and I hope the

    readers will enjoy it as much as the live audience did.

    Other Reviews

    Things a Computer Scientist Rarely Talks About is a unique

    book. Ultimately its charm lies in the author’s approach to the

    subject rather than what he actually finds in the end. As Knuth

    himself writes, in discussing the purpose of life, “The important

    thing to me … is not the destination, but the journey.”

    — Saul A. Teukolsky, Physics Today (April 2002)

    One mark of a good author is the ability to make a successful book

    out of an unpromising subject. — American Scientist

    (May—June 2002)

    … a fascinating book. … musings about the interface between computer

    science and Christian theology are definitely not what one usually hears

    computer scientists talking about, but I’m glad Knuth was willing to

    take the risk of discussing them. — Fernando Q. Gouvêa,

    MAA Reviews (February 2002)

    Lecture 6 was the meat of the book for me, discussing how concepts of

    computer science including computational complexity might give insights

    about divinity. — Ian Parberry, SIGACT News (December 2002)

    Although there is little technical content …, this collection of wisdom

    and insights makes fascinating reading … After all, the author says,

    “computer science is wonderful but it is not everything.”

    Occasionally even mathematicians and computer scientists should think

    about the meaning of life. … Each chapter concludes with a really

    good set of spontaneous questions from the audience and the speaker’s

    impromptu responses, as well as excellent endnotes. — Jerrold W.

    Grossman, Mathematical Reviews (November 2003)

    Knuth’s involvement was a great boon for MIT’s “God and Computers” project.

    — Albert C. Lewis, Zentralblatt MATH 1033 (2004)

    … Knuth is courageously unconventional, dealing with theological matters

    as a mathematician and computer scientist.

    It’s always reassuring, and even inspirational, to see a famous scientist

    humbly approach these questions and declare himself confused like the rest of us.

    … [The book’s] value is in seeing that computer scientists can and should address

    the big issues; and also the uniquely humorous, down-to-earth, and personal way

    that he does it. After all, he opens with, “Why I am unqualified to give these

    lectures” and then “Why the lectures might be interesting anyway.”

    And they certainly are. — Brendan O’Connor, IEEE Annals of the

    History of Computing (October—December 2004).

    Further notes

    This book can be ordered from the publisher

    (CSLI),

    and also from the distributor

    (University of Chicago Press).

    Curiosity seekers might also want to go back to the

    old (1999) webpage

    on which the lectures were first advertised.

    Videos of the original lectures were hosted for many years by Dr Dobbs Journal,

    but all traces of those videos seem to have disappeared. Audio files do survive,

    however, thanks to Udo Wermuth:

    lecture 1 (6 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 2 (13 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 3 (27 October 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 4 (3 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 5 (1 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    lecture 6 (8 December 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    panel discussion (17 November 1999]

    (Sorry, your browser does not support the audio element.)

    Errata

    As usual, I promise to deposit a reward of

    0x$1.00 ($2.56)

    to the account of the first person

    who finds and reports anything that remains technically, historically,

    typographically, or politically incorrect.

    If you have the original hardback edition of 2001, you might be interested

    in its historic errata list,

    which enriched the coffers of numerous readers.

    Here is a list of all nits that have been picked so far in the first

    paperback printing (2003):

    page 6, line 5 (14 Nov 2003)

    change "in a effort" to "in an effort"

    page 23, line 14 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "ton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 35, bottom line (30 Oct 2010)

    change "on every" to "on nearly every"

    page 36, line 2 (30 Oct 2010)

    change "59 pages" to "roughly 59 pages"

    page 112, line 1 (18 Nov 2003)

    change "Kirsten" to "Kerstin"

    page 120, lines 10, 11, 12 (02 Feb 2017)

    change "mirror image … didn’t fit" to

    "rotation. When I first prepared this image, my combination of the individual layers and color separations was slightly off; the letters didn’t fit"

    page 134, line 10 from the bottom (29 Dec 2003)

    change "Page 96" to "Page 95"

    page 135, line 18 (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van Randow" to "von Randow"

    page 165, line 6 from the bottom (21 Nov 2003)

    change "the the" to "the"

    page 200, line 16 (27 Nov 2007)

    change "Job 33" to "Job 22"

    page 228, line 20 (25 Jan 2007)

    change "is to ask is" to "is to ask"

    page 237, line 15 (25 Mar 2011)

    change "Baton, Rouge" to "ton Rouge"

    page 243, Cantor entry (26 Jun 2005)

    change "Philip" to "Philipp"

    page 245, Dijkstra entry (28 Mar 2005)

    change "Wijbe" to "Wybe"

    page 252, Planck entry (28 April 2008)

    change "Max Karl Ernst" to "Karl Ernst Ludwig Marx (= Max)"

    page 253, Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change "van" to "von"

    page 256, Van Randow entry (25 Jul 2011)

    change it to "von Randow", and re-alphabetize

    back cover, line 15 (25 Jun 2015)

    change "translation,aesthetics" to "translation, æsthetics"

    I hope the book is otherwise error-free; but (sigh) it

    probably isn’t, because each page presented me with numerous opportunities

    to make mistakes. Please send suggested corrections to

    knuth-bug@cs.stanford.edu, or send snail mail to

    Prof. D. Knuth, Computer Science Department, Gates Building 4B,

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-9045 USA.

    I may not be able to

    read your message until many months have gone by, because I’m working

    intensively on

    The Art of Computer Programming. However,

    I promise to reply in due time.

    DO NOT SEND EMAIL TO KNUTH-BUG EXCEPT TO REPORT ERRORS IN BOOKS!

    And if you do report an error via email, please do not

    include attachments of any kind; your message should be

    readable on brand-X operating systems for all values of X.

    Don Knuth’s home page

    Don Knuth’s book on the 3:16 project

    Don Knuth’s other books

    https://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/things.html

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  9. a16z Podcast: What to Know about GDPR

    with Lisa Hawke (@ldhawke) and Steven Sinofsky (@stevesi)

    Given concern around data breaches, the EU Parliament finally passed GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) after four years of preparation and debate; it goes into enforcement on May 25, 2018. Though it originated in Europe, GDPR is a form of long-arm jurisdiction that affects many U.S. companies — including most software startups, because data collection and user privacy touch so much of what they do. With EU regulators focusing most on transparency, GDPR affects everything from user interface design to engineering to legal contracts and more.

    That’s why it’s really about "privacy by design", argues former environmental scientist and lawyer Lisa Hawke, who spent most of her career in regulatory compliance in the oil industry and is now Vice President of Security and Compliance at a16z portfolio company Everlaw (she also serves as Vice Chair for Women in Security and Privacy). And it’s also why, observes a16z board partner Steven Sinofsky, everyone — from founders to product managers to engineers and others — should think about privacy and data regulations (like GDPR, HIPAA, etc.) as a culture… not just as "compliance". 

    The two break down the basics all about GDPR in this episode of the a16z Podcast — the why,…

    ===
    Original video: https://soundcloud.com/a16z/gdpr-why-what-how-for-startups
    Downloaded by http://huffduff-video.snarfed.org/ on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:57:50 GMT Available for 30 days after download

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

  10. 050 – Toby Hemenway animal problems to solutions :: Homesteading and Permaculture by Paul Wheaton

    Podcast (videos): Download (14.2MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSPaul takes a roadtrip and sits down to do a podcast with

    Toby Hemenway author of Gaia’s Garden, and a group of permies.

    Paul breaks the ice with Toby and they start off the discussion with the subject of

    deer control methods. Paul points out that Toby didn’t mention as much about this problem in his book, but had gone into detail about it in response to a question asked several years earlier. Paul asks Toby to give some of those details during the podcast.

    Toby shares his experience of starting small, with minimally invasive techniques like fishing line fences, peeing around the property, and setting up shrubs and bushes that kept the deer out. Toby points out the flaw with this is the deer eventually get wise to it and will still come after the food. Toby gives a few other strategies but overall says it’s about being knowledgeable about the deer, their dislikes and likes and most importantly where they are coming from. He says if you can predict what they will do you can better defend against it, while at the same time being accepting some degree of loss from the deer. Otherwise, you have to be more extreme with things like 8 foot deer fencing.

    Someone in the group brings up

    Sepp Holzer’s bone sauce as a way of keeping away deer from trees. Toby doesn’t know much about it so Paul gives a run through of how to make it and how effective it is.

    The discussion moves onto other animals as problems. Paul brings up Sepp Holzers view that if you have an excess of voles or moles, you have a deficiency in pigs. Toby agrees that using predator/prey relationship to your advantage is great way to solve animal problems.

    Paul brings up predator pressure, and the use of dogs to help keep away animals like deer from your property. They group moves on to discuss the presence of animals that are drawn there are indicators of the need to heal a problem in some way, like moles being around to eat an abundance of grubs or gophers decompacting soil.

    Paul and Toby remark on how these animals are multifunctional and can actually be used to our benefit, but initially when there are so many that they have become pests, something is out of balance which can be frustrating but you can design it in such a way that it becomes balanced and is incorporated as part of the system.

    They finish up discussing the work of Allan Savory, as well as the downsides to using fencing to keep out animals. Lastly, Paul asks Toby if he’ll join the permies forums once a month to answer questions (he says yes!) and Paul ends off inviting people to post more in the forums, which he thinks is a place where permaculture can grow.

    Relevant Threads

    Livestock Guardian DogsSepp Holzer on Moles and VolesAllan Savory’s Work

    Credit: Vida Norris

    You can discuss this podcast on this thread at Permies.

    Get all of the podcasts in convenient, giant zip files

    https://richsoil.com/permaculture/359-podcast-050-toby-hemenway-animal-problems-to-solutions/

    —Huffduffed by nathanperetic

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