Gods of software

Downtime was relieved to find that the god of programming, Don Knuth, is human. He was suffering from a cold, thanks to the change from sunny Stanford University to London’s Savoy Place, where he gave the 13th Turing Lecture.
Anyone who can introduce his talk by referencing Richard Feynman, the subject of James Gleik’s book Genius, deserves an ear. Knuth was at Caltech with Feynman. The Nobel prize-winning physicist was in the habit of telling his students that they were free to cut the last class of the course, but he would be there to answer any question, except religion, politics and the exam paper.
“That seems like a good precedent here,” said Knuth, who turned 73 last month.
One of Knuth’s most well-known comments is, “God is a challenge because there is no proof of his existence and therefore the search must continue.
He got the God question to wards the end of the period. Struggling with a chesty cough, he said, “I think God’s trying to tell me to shut up.”

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