Author(s): Randy Pausch
Amazing Man, Amazing Book, truly inspirational. Randy Pausch 1960-20084 mths after this book was published, Randy finally succumbed to the struggle against cancer. On September 18, computer science professor Randy Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called 'Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams'. With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that is devouring his pancreas and that will claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Randy was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He rejected all pity, especially self-pity. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged. People all over the world seem to have glimpsed a powerful truth in Randy Pausch. He reminded us all that our moment is similarlyÃ¢Â�Â�if not quite as drasticallyÃ¢Â�Â�brief. And in hearing the words of a man who looks like us on the outside, but who had felt compelled to assay and to try to share with his children, what are the most valuable ways to live, and the most valuable things he could pass on, countless have found unique inspiration. In THE LAST LECTURE, Randy will use his instantly beloved talkÃ¢Â�Â�and his life in that contextÃ¢Â�Â�to share in more detail than the lecture could allow, how he came to each of the applicable lessons he is working so hard to leave for his young childrenÃ¢Â�Â�the real reason he gave the lectureÃ¢Â�Â�to help them make their way in the world. THE LAST LECTURE will inspire readers for years to come to choose to live each day of their lives with purpose and joy. His book will allow readers to commune with Randy`s words and experience. It will be a permanent reminder of this rare thing he has done for his kids and his wifeÃ¢Â�Â�and in the process, all the rest of us. First published 2008.
Pausch's last lecture arrives in the form of a book which holds all the potency of his original talk ... But this book is something concrete - [Randy's] heart is in there, and it is the loveliest of gifts. - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH Young people love him, old people love him, academics love him, parents love him, cancer patients love him. - COURIER-MAIL the hottest book in the country now. - THE AGE An inspiration to millions - GOOD READING A final message [which] explores the deeper lessons of life. - THE EXAMINER
Randy Pausch was a professor of Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. From 1988 to 1997, he taught at the University of Virginia. An award-winning teacher and researcher, he worked with Adobe, Google, Electronic Arts (EA), and Walt Disney Imagineering, and pioneered the Alice project.