When Don Knuth called out Steve Jobs

Fri, Apr 16, 2010

Apple History, News

An amusing story from the annals of Apple history, courtesy of Folklore.org, describes the first meeting Steve Jobs had with famed Computer Scientist Don Knuth back in 1983.

Steve had managed to get Don Knuth, the legendary Stanford professor of computer science, to give a lunchtime lecture to the Mac team. Knuth is the author of at least a dozen books, including the massive and somewhat impenetrable trilogy “The Art of Computer Programming.”

… I was sitting in Steve’s office when Lynn Takahashi, Steve’s assistant, announced Knuth’s arrival. Steve bounced out of his chair, bounded over to the door and extended a welcoming hand.

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Professor Knuth,” Steve said. “I’ve read all of your books.”

“You’re full of shit,” Knuth responded.




1 Comments For This Post

  1. Griffin Says:

    I must be very old fashioned but that just strikes me as unbelievably rude and obnoxious as opposed to amusing or “classic”.

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