I met Don Knuth in 2007 when I was 17. He owed me $2.56 and I wanted to trade my finding for the check in person, with the hope that I could shake his hand and maybe get a couple books signed.
Dr. Donald Knuth is a famous Computer Scientist and professor at Stanford University. He is most well-known for writing The Art of Computer Programming, as well as implementing TeX.
Dr. Knuth has written a lot of software and would usually reward people for finding bugs in his programs. The reward is one hexadecimal dollar (0x$). Unfortunately $256 is a lot so the reward is actually $2.56. Every time someone finds a new bug, the reward doubles. Don Knuth also rewards people who find mistakes in his books.
I really wanted to get my hex dollar and finding a bug in his programs is no easy task. Finding errors in his books isn’t much easier, especially when your native language is French and...
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