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What are some research papers which are really fundamental and led to the birth of a new field of study or a novel idea in Computer-Science?

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Wikipedia has a (necessarily biased and incomplete) list of fundamental papers in all areas in computer science.

Christos H. Papadimitriou teaches a course at Berkeley called "Reading the Classics", which covers classic papers in (mostly theoretical) computer science.

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