Damn Memes

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open it to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Result “From PS we can determine P uniquely; in fact, we can obtain the original tableau P from PS, by applying exactly the same algorithm – but reversing the order and the roles of italic and regular type, since PS is a dual tableau.”

I didn’t cheat, this really was the closest book to me. Extra marks if you can guess what it was…


9 Responses to “Damn Memes”

  1. Sven Mueller says:

    This is easy: The Art of computer programming: Fundamental Algorithms
    by Donald E. Knuth

  2. rob says:

    @sven: very *very* close, but still no biscuit…

  3. [...] reference to Damn memes. A english explanation here and a german one [...]

  4. Alberto Ruiz says:

    Sven: easy? you mean easy as searching at books.google.com? X-)

  5. Nicholas Urfe says:

    Knuth, Sorting and Searching, Second Edition.

  6. rob says:

    @Nicholas Urfe: We have a winner! :)

  7. Nicholas Urfe says:

    Great! :)

    Closest to me was Knuth’s Concrete Mathematics.

  8. iain says:

    (and thats saying something)

  9. Alberto: I used books.google.com, but only to verify the quote. The reason my guess was that book is that I read it a short while ago and remembered that part (for whatever reason). So it seems Knuth has the very same sentence in two different books at (almost) the same page.