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Knuth's passion and attention to detail are inspiring. The thread running through this book goes "I have a problem, I have a computer, I think this problem can be solved using a computer".
Excellent reading for font fans and those interested in digital typesetting, document processing, and so on.
I read this a few years ago (probably 2004?) and I didn't read the whole thing... since it's a Knuth book I'd be lying if I said I did. Still, it's an interesting book, the highlight for me was the included correspondence back and forth between Knuth and Hermann Zapf about font design. It also goes in depth on the dynamic programming algorithms TeX uses to do typesetting, so if you're a big-brain-type and you have tons of excess time on your hands you can sit and study those. However, you can sk...