But, to picture out C in perspective, here is the summary (excerpt from www.wikipedia.org):
The C Programming Language (aka "K&R") is the seminal book on C.
|Paradigm||imperative (procedural), structured|
|Designed by||Dennis Ritchie|
|Developer||Dennis Ritchie & Bell Labs|
|Typing discipline||static, weak, manifest|
|Major implementations||GCC, MSVC, Borland C, Watcom C|
|Influenced by||B (BCPL,CPL), ALGOL 68, Assembly, PL/I, FORTRAN|
The influences of C in other popular programming languages show that C has become the backbone for more advanced languages that studying it will make us understand current programming languages.