The most important part of COMP 50 is your deliberate practice in brief, daily sessions. As part of that practice, you will read the book every day. On average, you’ll read six to twelve pages per day. Your reading will sometimes be behind the lecture, but most of the time your reading will be ahead of lecture. This plan enables us to do more interesting things in lecture, as well as giving you the opportunity to use lecture to correct or clarify issues that may have come up in your reading.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, this guide breaks down recommended reading by week. Page numbers refer to the MIT Press edition, but you may read everything online at Be alert that you will read some sections out of order!
(Note: “pp” is an abbreviation for “pages”; the § symbol is pronounced “Section”; §§ is pronounced “Sections”.)