I attended a talk by
Don Knuth last night, at the
Computer History Museum in Mountain View (California). He has a new book released this year, so there's an obligatory "book tour" to promote it. Last night's lecture was the first stop in that book tour. Unfortunately, he also said that it was the last stop on the tour.|
The new book is Selected Papers on Computer Languages by Donald E. Knuth (Stanford, California: Center for the Study of Language and Information, 2003, xvi+594pp. CSLI Lecture Notes, no. 139. ISBN 1575863812 cloth, 1575863820 paperback) See http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/cl.html for Knuth's page about it.
Note the similarity to his 1996 book "Selected Papers on Computer Science" (see http://www-cs-faculty.stanford.edu/~knuth/cs.html ). The titles are similar enough that it might be easy for some to confuse them.
Last night's talk was billed as "A Dozen Precursors to FORTRAN".
In my weblog,
I wrote a bit more about some of the early
programming languages Knuth mentioned.