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Steve McConnell describes the book as "a celebration of design in the small''. I would call it "Introduction to Donald Knuth." Of cause this book cannot be compared to the Art of Computer Programming, but still it is a classic in light-weight category, as the best popular introduction to important ideas.
Actually there are two books Programming Pearls and More programming Pearls. The first one has two editions (1985 and 1999), the second only one (1988). The Lucent Website Programming Pearls contains the complete text of Appendix 2, which is a funny quiz that tests your estimation ability.
Please do not take it too seriously, but whether or not you think of yourself as a programmer, you can enjoy getting some obscure estimates of this quiz. Just try to get some secondary data that you already know and then you can logically estimate actual data from them.
For example for Napoleon if you remember that his Russian campaign started in 1812 you can guess that Napoleon was at least 40 years old and get estimate 1772 :-). There is no time limit and you can skip some US-specific questions if you have no data for them and stop as soon as you became tied. But generally it's a pretty interesting test of the logical abilities.
Jon Louis Bentley / Paperback / Published 1985
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Jon Bentley / Paperback / Published 1999
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Paperback - 256 pages 2nd edition (October 1, 1999)
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