#219 – Donald Knuth: Programming, Algorithms, Hard Problems & the Game of Life

Donald Knuth is a computer scientist, Turing Award winner, father of algorithm analysis, author of The Art of Computer Programming, and creator of TeX. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors:
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Here’s the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.
(00:00) – Introduction
(07:02) – First programs
(30:26) – Literate programming
(33:35) – Beauty in programming
(39:30) – OpenAI
(48:41) – Optimization
(54:46) – Consciousness
(1:03:29) – Conway’s game of life
(1:16:16) – Stable marriage
(1:19:35) – Richard Feynman
(1:30:29) – Knuth-Morris-Pratt Algorithm
(1:40:02) – Hardest problem
(1:57:41) – Open source
(2:02:54) – Favorite symbols
(2:12:27) – Productivity
(2:20:08) – Meaning of life