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Lives: Donald Knuth

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Stories in your pocket:

Web of Stories ( began as an archive of video recordings of many of the greatest scientists of our time telling their life stories. As the number of speakers and stories grew, a web of related stories formed. After a while, we also started to invite famous people outside the field of science to tell their life stories.

Now, some of these videos can be viewed on your iPhone thanks to a new Web of Stories app that allows you to watch, download and share some of the fascinating stories which we have recorded.

In this app, Donald Knuth tells his life story. Knuth is an American computing pioneer known for his greatly influential multi-volume work, The Art of Computer Programming, his novel, Surreal Numbers, his invention of the electronic publishing tools, TeX and METAFONT, as well as his quirky sense of humour.

Browsing and saving favourite stories by Donald Knuth to your iPhone is easy – you can, in effect, keep his life story in your pocket! You can also share these videos on social media and via e-mail. It couldn’t be simpler!

Our website,, has other notable speakers from different walks of life with iPhone apps currently available for five other speakers. Our aim is to satisfy the need we believe people have to listen to engaging stories. The great Argentinian writer Borges said, “Comment is dead before the ink is dry, but a story lives forever”. So you can blame Borges for Web of Stories!