Donald Knuth's Annual Christmas Lecture (Free Live Lecture)


Stanford School of Engineering

Donald Knuth


Pi and The Art of Computer Programming (The 25th Annual Christmas Lecture)

Professor Knuth will present his 25th Annual Christmas Lecture on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:30 pm.

Location: Huang Engineering Center's NVIDIA Auditorium | Online (free livestream)

For those unable to come to Stanford, the lecture will be broadcast online as a free livestream


The number π appears thousands of times in The Art of Computer Programming, in many different contexts. Dr. I. J. Matrix has remarked that its digits, “when properly interpreted,” actually convey the entire history of the human race! [See page 41 of Volume 2.] This lecture will examine many interpretations of those digits, both proper and improper.

Professor Knuth is the Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University. Dr. Knuth's classic programming texts include his seminal work The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3, widely considered to be among the best scientific writings of the century.

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This free, one-hour lecture is hosted by the Stanford Center for Professional Development on Thursday, December 5th at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

There is no admission charge or registration required for the lecture on Stanford's campus. Parking is available in Parking Structure 2 at the corner of Panama Street and Via Ortega; parking is free after 4 pm.


Thursday, December 5, 2019


6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Pacific
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Eastern

Technical Requirements

Before the live event, ensure that you have the following equipment and software:

  • A computer that supports streaming media files
    PC & Mac Users: Download and install the latest version of Silverlight
  • DSL or a fast Internet connection to view the video session.

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