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Saturday, July 08, 2006

John 3:16, Donald Knuth, and Hermann Zapf

Donald Knuth has been one of the most important pioneers of computing. He is also a Lutheran Christian. One of the things he decided to do was to study the Bible in a unique way, studying the 3:16 verse in each book. (Some books don't have 3 chapters, and some 3rd chapters don't have a 16th verse.) One of the things he did was to translate each of the verses.

Hermann Zapf has been arguably the most important designer of computer fonts. (His wife is also an excellent font designer.)

Knuth translated John 3:16, and Zapf designed a splendid graphic, using Knuth's translation. The file is freely available in .pdf form. Go here. Scroll down near the bottom, and open the link that says (Also in Acrobat form). It makes a nice poster when printed.

I plan to post more on Knuth at a later time.

Thanks for reading!


Elliot said...


Someone should compile a list of eminent scientists, mathematicians and computer pioneers who have religious commitments. It would put paid to the oft-repeated falsehood that such people are automatically hostile to religion.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Elliot. It's a good idea, but I, for one, don't think I'm up to it. Most such people don't advertise their religious commitments publicly.

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On an entirely different note, someone anonymously posted "150 reasons why I am a Catholic" as a comment here, which I deleted. First, it was entirely too long for a comment, and second, my blog post had nothing to do with Catholicism, as far as I can see.

Tap said...

The link to the PDF seems to be broken from where I'm standing.

(Perhaps you could attach a thumbnail of it to your post as a preview.)

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Tap. I don't seem to be able to link to the file from this blog, but have substituted a procedure that will get you the poster. See the post again.

Julana said...

The Adobe file of the verse was very nice.

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