The great power to be use computationally responsibly was firmly indoctrinated in many of us early nerds via the seminal textbook by computer science pioneers Hal Abelson, Gerald Sussman, and Julie Sussman entitled “Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.” This was the textbook for MIT’s introductory course (well-known for not teaching you any of the […]
Wikipedia’s list of algorithm types is beautiful.
MIT Professor Fernando Corbato: “Your explanation of the origin of the word daemon is correct in that my group began using the term around that time frame. However the acronym explanation is a new one on me. Our use of the word daemon was inspired by the Maxwell’s daemon of physics and thermodynamics. (My background is Physics.) […]
“[Lavoisier] believed that the energy came from a process known as respiration, which turned oxygen into carbon dioxide and heat, the same way a burning piece of wood might.” —Smithsonian
Published April 2, 2019 on Quartz During my days at the MIT Media Lab and later as a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, I found that when working with startups and C-level folks at larger companies, the word “design” meant too many things. The first Design in Tech Report emerged from my desire […]
via Century Dictionary (page 345) on Archive.org
English author Richard Braithwaite in his 1613 book, The Yong Mans Gleanings, is reputed to have used the first instance of the word “computer” as describing a human who’s good at maths: WHat art thou (O Man) and from whence hadst thou thy beginning? What matter art thou made of, that thou promisest to thy […]
When the young men joined, they became fun too. A lot of the faculty didn’t like them, but I liked them. And I loved the fact that the women stood up so brilliantly against them. The men, as I told you, had some trouble because they hadn’t been studying, but it was terribly nice to […]
One of my favorite moments in life was when I was ambigrammed by the great Scott Kim. He created the interactive piece in Flash (so it’s not visible anymore) but I captured it as a GIF.