[r-t] Change ringing mentioned in "The Art of Computer Programming" Vol. 4A

Simon Gay Simon.Gay at glasgow.ac.uk
Tue Dec 20 09:44:10 UTC 2011

I don't think I was receiving this email list at that time. I should
have searched the archive.

Knuth was here in Glasgow earlier this year, doing a public
question-and-answer session (which he seems to prefer to lectures). So I
could have asked him. Oh well.


On 19/12/2011 22:16, Mark Davies wrote:
> Hi Simon. On Monday 13 Sep 2004 I wrote, to this list,
> "Did anyone ever contact Knuth to find out how he knows about ringing?
> Is anyone in correspondence with him? His Vol 4 of the 'The Art' has a
> lot of ringing stuff - this was posted on changeringers last year as I
> believe:
> "http://www-cs-staff.Stanford.EDU/~knuth/news.html
> "Would be interested to hear of any follow-up."
> RAS and Ander have also referred to this volume and related papers
> several times over the last few years, but as far as I can see no-one
> figured out what the ringing connection is. I believe Knuth mentions an
> E.S. Rapaport, or Rapaport-Strasser, plus a certain Carla Savage, as
> being the origin of some or all of the ringing-related problems. No-one
> seemed to know anything about any of them, either; possibly PhD students
> or researchers who had been influenced by local college ringing societies?
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