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Re: Quote by Knuth

From: Emanuel Berg
Subject: Re: Quote by Knuth
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 2021 01:25:03 +0200
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Christopher Dimech wrote:

> But Knuth idea goes more than that because he was obsessed
> with presentation and wanted science to be like a work of
> literature. Without understanding that most work is not work
> of literature.

But that's very normal and, broadly speaking, expected for
a man with the turns that his career took. What would you
expect, the creator of TeX saying, "hey, why do you guys care
so much what the documents _look_ like?" ???

Well, _he_ for one cared about that and he developed a good
tool for that!

"Literate programming" was his way of theorizing about TeX and
the family of tools and methods he developed, pushed for, and
cared for. I understand that now, it wasn't hyped as
a superior model for programming in general. Then it makes
much more sense.

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