The Last Lecture   -     By: Randy Pausch
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The Last Lecture

Hyperion / 2008 / Hardcover

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What would you say if you knew you were going to die soon? What life-lessons and advice would you give? Randy Pausch, professor of Computer Science and Design at Carnegie Mellon University, asked himself this question when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. "The Last Lecture" is his answer to that question. Gathering from years of experience as a professor and mentor, Pausch gives advice on pursuing your dreams, making the most of your time and focusing on what matters. Let his last words inspire you to live more fully and embrace the time you have.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Hyperion
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 7 X 5 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9781401323257
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"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.

Author Bio

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 (www.alice.org) 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.

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A practical and soul searching book.
    February 16, 2012
    Beryl Pearson
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down, even though we won't be discussing it until April.
  2. Eloise Gwinn
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 12, 2009
    Eloise Gwinn
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    I'd recommend this book for everybody near to deaths door or not, this really gives a sense of priority on what matters most in life and how what one does now can last a lifetime for those left behind.
  3. Margaret King
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    February 16, 2009
    Margaret King
    Take the time to buy and read this book. A wonderful legacy he has passed on to his family. Very heartwarming, easy to read and you will not want to put it down.
  4. Melissa
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    January 28, 2009
    Melissa
    While agreeing with all the other reviews -- I was deeply disappointed there was no mention or credit given to God about the strong and vibrant way Randy led his last days of life. Nowhere did he proclaim God's peace or strength. I felt like it was a missed opportunity to share with others the truth about what God can really do in times that would be darkest and saddest for most people who are not believers.
  5. Joyce Cardin
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    January 14, 2009
    Joyce Cardin
    I found this book wonderful to read, very enlightening. What a wonderful legacy to leave for his children. His attitude on life was so positive. If only we all could live a life like that!
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