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An old but interesting Feynman lecture on computer

I came across an old but interesting  Richard Feynman lecture on computers

World of computing has changed  drastically since then yet much of what he mentions remain true even now. There was hardly any means or possibility of predicting, back then, what future world of technology would be like.

Yet, his insights even decades back were pretty sound, his observations and speculations were very close and his explanations and illustrations are so simple to understand, though he was more of a physicist rather than computer specialist. Therefore, I believe this remains a useful lecture for students of computer science and software engineering even today


May 24, 2013 Posted by | History, software engineering | Leave a comment

Advice to young people – Donald Knuth

I remember to have read the book series ‘The Art of Computer Programming‘ by Donald Knuth during my studies and on early days of computing. What I learned then continues to help and guide me decades later in my software engineering career though I have forgotten the rigors of mathematical treatment in that

Note that the key point  that he puts across is in this short video is to follow your mind and instinct rather than following herd mentality. It reminds me of words from famous Stanford University commence speech of Steve Jobs: “our time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary|“. The same observation can be observed as an underlying thread in Dijikstra’s lectures as well

The same observation made from two different people in two different contents points to an fundamental fact. Well, fundamentals don’t change!

May 24, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment