Reflection of Donald Knuth

Donald Knuth, considered to be one of the leading computer scientists. Author of “The Art of Computer Programming” series. (Of which I only have the first 3 volumes.)

“I have to see something to the point where I have surrounded it, and totally understood it before I can write about it with any confidence.”

“A lot of times I’ll have to read through a lot of material just in order to write one sentence, because I’ll choose words that will make it more convincing, and if I don’t really have the knowledge then it’ll somehow come out implicitly in my writing.”

I had no idea that I had so much in common with this man. I frequently get frustrated with myself when I seem to struggle with writing essays in college. It’s not that I can’t do them, but I often feel like I never have enough time to really learn the material well enough to write it how I really want to with confidence.