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Why does Donald Knuth write TAOCP using assembly language?

I don't hate using assembly language, since I have written some in my os course. But obviously, assembly language lacks abstraction, you have to pay more attention to the details. Is assembly ...
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TAOCP online resource

I am a CS student, and am really astonished that I didn't know about Donald Knuth and his TAoCP. Now that I do, I really look forward to diving into it. Would going for the entire volume 4 be a good ...
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Why does Knuth forbid the reading of pre-chapter quotations in The Art of Computer Programming?

After the preface to The Art of Computer Programming is the Procedure for Reading This Set of Books. Step 4 is to begin reading Chapter N, with the specific instruction to "not read the quotations ...
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What background is needed to understand The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4A?

I recently made the investment in the newly-printed four-volume set of Donald Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming. Like this poster, I probably do not have the time right now to read the entire ...