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March 14, 2005

Even smarter than The RZA

Sorry for the NPR rehash again but when you hear someone who's so interested (interested, not obsessed) in what they do, it's infectious. I saw Trish looking wantingly at a series of books the other night at B&N, Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming, Vol 1-3.

Didn't do much for me either at the time. But, I heard him this morning interviewed by David Kestenbaum. They talked about the upcoming Vol. 4, the fact he hasn't used email since 1990 and how he thinks about nearly any question or phenomena mathematically. His kitchen was designed using string graph theory and the garbage can is always an easy shot from anywhere in that room.

People like this are rare and gifted; it was a treat to get a glimpse of him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Graph theory in the kitchen...

Great catch! I love this guy. He's one of my major heros.