On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Donald Knuth, Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming, Stanford University, delivered this year’s Kailath Lecture titled, "Let's Not Dumb Down the History of Computer Science."
Knuth has been working since 1962 on "The Art of Computer Programming" - a book series that attempts to organize and explain many of the most important methods used inside computers while also tracing the interesting history of their development. Four volumes of that series have been published so far, and he also has more than two dozen other books in print. Moreover, Knuth is the author of a popular software system called TeX, used to facilitate and enhance the publication of books that are being written by others.
The Annual Kailath Lecture and Colloquium Series was endowed in 2005 by a group of Kailath's former students and associates to honor him on the occasion of his 70th birthday. Its aim is to foster greater awareness of the power of the mathematics-based disciplines of information theory, communications, computation, control and signal processing to address challenging problems in engineering and, increasingly, the physical, biological and social sciences.