Questions tagged [knuth]

Donald E. Knuth, creator of TeX, Metafont and the Computer Modern fonts

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Bibliography with page numbers

In GKP's Concrete Mathematics, there is a useful and interesting feature I would like to see in more books. The bibliography entries include: a - the page numbers where the book or article is cited ...
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Electronic version of Knuth's “TeXbook”?

I have a printed copy of the TeXbook (from D.E. Knuth) at home. Now that I travel a lot, I don't want to take my library with me every time. Question: Is there a legal way to obtain (=purchase) a PDF ...
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What's new in TeX, version 3.14159265?

The new Knuth TeX has been released in early this month, and its version number is 3.14159265 now. It can be downloaded here. What's new in this release? And a further-more question, where can one ...
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What on earth is iTeX?

Is that an hoax? Or is it a real wish from D. Knuth? (http://river-valley.zeeba.tv/media/conferences/tug-2010/Don-Knuth)
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Are there any (La)TeX Easter Eggs?

Given Donald Knuth's legendary sense of humor, one cannot help but suppose he would have succumbed to the temptation to add in a "special" command or two that did something unsuspected or unusual just ...
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Did Knuth actually design the Computer Modern font?

It seems from all the articles I read on the topic that Knuth actually designed the font from ground up. He's a celebrated computer scientist, but was he also a digital calligraphy genius? That's a ...
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$327.68 Knuth reward check

I know something about $327.68 Knuth reward check. However, I cannot find a comprehensive list of people rewarded for finding errors in TeX. I do know, that among them is Bogusław Jackowski (Twice, ...
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The TeXbook: Spiral or hard-cover binding?

I would like to purchase Donald Knuth's TeXbook, and I have noticed that there are two versions available. One is a spiral-bound edition, usually sold by itself. The other is a hard-cover edition, ...
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What is the meaning of moved letters on LaTeX logo?

I read many years ago about the meaning of TeX, coming from Greek letters, etc... Also I found many posts here related to the right way to write TeX, LaTeX and so on when it is not possible to use the ...
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Interwoven alignment preambles are not allowed - what exactly does this mean?

I admit that this post is purely idle curiosity. But I recently stumbled upon a little factoid saying that the TeX error "Interwoven alignment preambles are not allowed" has the following explanation ...
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To what extent is the TeX typesetting/layout engine coupled to the macro system?

This is perhaps a soft question, and I realise it has a chance of being closed, but here we go... I am currently getting to grips with the internals of Tex/Latex and have found the learning curve to ...
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Where's an example of the bad typesetting that inspired TeX?

Where online can I see a side-by-side comparison of the "good" typesetting of a page of TAOCP that Knuth liked in 1968 versus the equivalent "bad" second edition from 1976 that Knuth hated and caused ...
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The "^'' glyph in the TeXBook

TeX, plain TeX, within the source of the Texbook of Don Knuth, there is use of ^ in different command sequences, and in text bites. Is there a special meaning to ^ in TeX primitives, in plain TeX, ...
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Translation of typefaces into METAFONT (in the case of AMS Euler and others)

TL;DR: Let me ask my questions first: How was AMS Euler translated from Hermann Zapf's hand-drawn shapes into METAFONT? Has there been one into METAFONT's pen-strokes approach? What are other ...
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Knuth's line breaking algorithm

I'm trying to understand the basics of Knuth's line breaking algorithm. At the beginning of Chapter 12: Glue of his TeXbook, there is a figure like the one below. My question is: where did those ...
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Has the typesetting of Knuth and gang's Concrete Mathematics been modified over subsequent editions?

I understand its a late 80's book and the authors were justifiably proud of their new AMS Euler typeface when they wrote it. However, by today's display standards, I find it a bit lacking (atleast in ...
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(La)TeX Logo - Where does it come from? [duplicate]

Being a big fan of "logo design" I was wondering where the (La)TeX logo comes from. I found Custom LaTeX logo explaining how to make my own (La)TeX like logo. Since everything within (La)TeX seems ...
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Is there a complete modern book which explains how a TeX parser works?

Hi I am reading 'The TEXbook' by Donald E. Knuth. But in my point of view is very didactic for people who want to learn TeX. Most of the pages contain exercises. But many things of how a TeX ...