I have read that SICP (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs) is hard and HTDP (How To Design Programs) is better as an introductory course. I would say I am fairly good in maths but not a genius.So how hard is SICP, is it harder than knuth or cormen.
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Difficulty varies from person to person. I've read SICP, Art of Computer Programming, and Intro to Algorithms and I found them easy - however, I had a great teacher in all my classes, a lot of support from other students and teaching fellows as well as help online. Furthermore, I've always loved both math and computer programming, and I excel in those subjects.
As far as compartively, I'd say SICP, Art of Computer Programming, and Intro to Algorithms are all around the same level of difficulty, perhaps SICP being slightly easier in some ways.
HTDP is probably easier. As far as which is better, is really anyone's guess. I'd bet that a lot of people on here prefer SICP simply because it's what they learned with.