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    Randy Pausch was a Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon, where he was the co-founder of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). He was a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator and a Lilly Foundation Teaching Fellow. He had sabbaticals at Walt Disney Imagineering and Electronic Arts (EA), and consulted with Google on user interface design. Dr. Pausch received his bachelors in Computer Science from Brown University and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. He was the director of the Alice ( software project, and had traveled in zero-gravity. He lived with his wife, Jai, and their three young children in Virginia.

    Jeff Zaslow wrote the Wall Street Journal column that fueled the initial interest in Randy Pausch's lecture. He is also the co-author of Captain Chesley Sullenberger's The Highest Duty and the author of The Girls from Ames, both bestsellers.
    "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."
    --Randy Pausch

    A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

    In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.


    ISBN 9781401323257
    Genre SELF-HELP / Motivational & Inspirational
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 206
    Publisher Date 2008-04-10 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Hachette Books
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 7.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.65 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Pausch, Randy
    Dimensions 9.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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      Randy was my son's instructor at ETC and I had a chance to meet him. He was a warm and caring individual. His last lecture that was given and where the book was taken from made me feel so guilty of my petty complaints. His book was so inspiring and a far cry from self-pity. If we just take a little of his instructions for life and incorporate it into our own life, we will be a better human being for it.

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      Great book, inspiring! Makes one think about what is really important in life and the legacy one leaves. The author really was prepared to die soon when he gave the lecture and this made a heavy impact on him and a lasting impression on his audience, especially in that his lecture was positive and uplifting. HaroldP

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      "The Last Lecture" is a book filled with living-life-to-the-fullest advice from a college professor. While to some this might sound as interesting as reading a doctoral dissertation, you'd be surprised.The author, Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon who was diagnosed with terminal cancer, writes so well that you'd probably let him teach you about computers too. Some things he talks about include: remember to laugh, seizing every moment, overcoming obstacles, appreciate the gifts you recieve, and enabling the dreams of others.Although the author died this year, his wisdom will no doubt be around awhile in this very enlightening book. Other books in this genre I liked include "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World".

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