a knuth book

(suggested new terminology)
A knuth book is a book that everyone honors but nobody reads. The archetypal example is, of course, ‘The Art of Computer Programming’, by Donald Knuth, from which we coin this epithet. The first example of a knuth book that I know of is ‘Principia Mathematica’, by Russell and Whitehead. Another example is, I believe, ‘Designing Data-Intensive Applications’, by Martin Kleppmann.
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