Speaking of Grand Yak Shaves


Donald Knuth started writing The Art of Computer Programming and along the way decided that technical publishers didn’t know what they were doing. Knuth’s yak-shave?

Writing TeX: A 10 year yak shave that has produced the most elegant typesetting language ever.

A fabulous link between the science of this book, art, and symbolic systems:

Unlikely Phrases in the Recording:

  • Bar Coding
  • Arabic Language
  • Algebra
  • Samuel Johnson
  • Betsy Ross
  • God