Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Legacy of a Scientist

I just finished reading The LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch. My wife introduced me to this book; I’m glad. If you haven’t read it, it is about a man who is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He is an established scientist and professor in the discipline of virtual reality. He is married with three small kids. When he was diagnosed, he was given very little time left to live. This book is a documentary of several little stories that he compiled with the assistance of a talented writer. His ‘last lecture’ at Carnegie Mellon was to serve as a farewell to students, friends, and colleagues as well as a discussion to his kids. He knew that he would never have the opportunity to raise his kids, so he wanted to leave them something so that they would know what kind of a father he was.

Even though the subject of death is throughout the book, it is not depressing. It is filled with tidbits of wisdom that could serve to make life more enriching. He makes me want to be a better husband; a better father. Randy died July 25th, 2008. If you need a sobering yet uplifting book, check this one out. Below I have added the video should you wish to watch the video of the last lecture. You will want to pause the music player at the bottom of the page before viewing.

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