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Comment Re:Parts of it (Score 1) 360

It's not like a novel you read front to back.

Must respectfully completely disagree. I'm halfway through volume 2 now, trying to work (or, at least, attempt) all of the exercises, and I can't imagine that I would have gotten anything from this series if I'd just treated it as a reference work. If I were to go look up an algorithm, I'd find that its description relied on (and back-referenced) some mathematical concepts that were covered in earlier chapters, and that the example code is written in MIX which itself was covered in a long section around the middle of volume 1. So you'll end up reading most of the book anyway. Further, there are important insights into the details of the algorithm that are covered in the exercises which you'll only really internalize if you work through the details yourself.

Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 360

The little amount of maths that's in there is not that difficult to understand.

What? Holy shit, what books are you talking about? Definitely not TAOCP. The first half of Volume 1 is all math - specifically discrete math: the kind that's relevant to analysis of computer algorithms, but that's not studied in much detail outside of computer science. I have a master's degree in CS and consider myself pretty competent when it comes to, say, calculus, but I got lost in some of the sections on harmonic series and generating functions.

Volume 2 is _all_ math and again, not trivial math. There's 30 pages of theoretical discussion on what makes an infinite sequence random. The introduction to chapter 4 talks about number representation in base -10. There's a _LOT_ of math, and it's very difficult to understand (but it is fun to do so).

Comment Re: I call bullshit. (Score 1) 345

This hardly ever happens. What does happen, is emergency workers not being able to open the door because it is locked. You're much more likely to die from your doors being securely locked than you are from them not being locked...

False. One of the largest dangers in a car accident is being thrown out of the car (in the car you are, after all, surrounded by protecting metal), and leaving the doors unlocked increases that danger. Emergency workers have tools. They don't need the doors to be unlocked to get you out.

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