The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture : Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams - Lessons in Living

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The phenomenal international bestseller - with over 8 million copies sold.
What legacy would you choose to leave behind for your children?
When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give 'a last lecture' lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic 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.

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: 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?

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humour, 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 14mm | 160g
  • Two Roads
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 10-12 B&W photos
  • 0340978503
  • 9780340978504
  • 4,859

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Incredibly moving * Daily Record * Inspiring * The Guardian *
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About Randy Pausch

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. He died in 2008, two years after his diagnosis.
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