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Donald Knuth's Annual Christmas Tree Lecture - Free Live Lecture



Planar Graphs and Ternary Trees

Professor Knuth will present his 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lecture on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm in NVIDIA Auditorium in Huang Engineering Center, 475 Via Ortega, Stanford University . For those unable to come to Stanford, the lecture will be broadcast online as a free webinar. If you would like to view the live broadcast, please register so that we can send you the link prior to the event.

There are beautiful connections between certain trees with three-way branching and graphs that can be drawn in the plane without crossing edges.  

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 Monday, December 9 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.

There is no admission charge or registration required for the lecture on Stanford's campus. Parking is available in the Panama parking structure at the corner of Panama Street and Via Ortega; parking is free after 4 pm. Please follow the instructions below to register for the free live webinar broadcast.

Steps to Register

  1. Scroll down to the course section at the bottom of the page
  2. Click on the red "Enroll in this Section" button
  3. Click on the gold "View Cart" link located in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Continue with the checkout process by filling out the required information * note: there is no fee for this webinar
  5. To view the webinar information, click on the "my stanford connection" tab in the upper right-hand corner and select the "Webinar Login Instructions" link beneath the webinar title


Monday, December 9, 2013


7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Pacific
10 p.m. - 11 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
    Linux Users: Download and install the latest version of Moonlight
  • DSL or a fast Internet connection to view the video session.
  • Computer speakers

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