The Last Lecture by Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel

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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.
 

About Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel

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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.
 
Published April 13, 2008 by Hachette Books. 217 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Humor & Entertainment, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Religion & Spirituality, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction

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Made famous by his “Last Lecture” at Carnegie Mellon and the quick Internet proliferation of the video of the event, Pausch decided that maybe he just wasn't done lecturing. Despit

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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, read by Erik Singer Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop It's routine in America for professors to give...

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Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University professor who turned a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer into a best-selling book and worldwide fame, died today at age 47.

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In 2006, Jai Pausch's husband Randy, a professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon, was stricken with pancreatic cancer at the age of 46.

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Examiner

His humor, his insight and his examples, gives us the knowledge we need to arm ourselves with the tools to live a better life, no matter what our circumstances.

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Book Reporter

Although --- as he says, quoting Seneca, in a section about his favorite clichés, --- “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Throughout the book, the author is frank about his emotions but never maudlin.

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DETROIT - Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow was killed Friday when he lost control of his car on a snowy road after promoting his latest book in northern Michigan.

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Teen Ink

Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University one stated that “we cannot change the cards w.

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USA Today

Late professor Randy Pausch’s inspirational “last lecture”.

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Helium

Created on: January 20, 2010 Last Updated: November 01, 2010. “The last lecture” by Randy Pausch is a wonderful book about the last thoughts a dying man.

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Helium

... For those of you who don't know the story, the last lecture is a tradition ... “The last lecture” by Randy Pausch is a wonderful book about the last ...

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The Last Lecture By: Randy Pausch and Jeffery Zaslow “We cannot change the cards we are dealt,

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... A brief overview of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch - 5/5.

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... Randy Pausch brings clarity to his life as he faces his terminal cancer with humor, logic, and clarity. You will be touched at the depth of your ...

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... Randy Pausch made a lecture entitled "The Last Lecture." It was also the title of his best-selling book. He passed away from pancreatic cancer ...

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

... For a man whose final lecture at Carnegie Mellon University has been viewed more than 6 million times on the Web, writing a book called "The ...

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Teen Reads

Randy names several people in his life who deeply infl uenced and shaped him.

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About.com

The Last Lecture addresses more of his struggles with cancer than it did in video form, but always from the angle of a challenge requiring a creative solution, which is how Randy Pausch seems to have approached his entire life.

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To adapt the lecture into a book, Pausch dictated his thoughts to Zaslow while on his daily bike rides - determined to maintain his fitness and minimize his time away from his family during the final months of his life.

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BookRack

He has tried to make a capsule of his life ( in the form of book and lecture), whatever he learnt in his years on earth and whatever he wanted his children and people to learn from him and that was the next best he could think of doing if he could not control increasing his time being alive.

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Jason Patz

Rated a Very Helpful Review by the Epinions community. ... This book is the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. Not seeing the ...

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Jason Patz

... The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch (and Jeffrey Zaslow), review by cdm72. I hate it when a book doesn't live up to the hype. Then again, when ...

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Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore?, review by jaymelee024. Randy Pausch is many things: witty, funny, kind, compassionate, smart, and charming. He is also a ...

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Jason Patz

... Mar 4, 2010). Rated a Somewhat Helpful Review by the Epinions community ... This book is the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. Not seeing ...

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... Dr. Pausch's Last Stand, review by toiletoctopus. ... The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is based upon his "famous speech" to Carnegie Mellon, ...

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Randy Pausch-isms on his views on life, review by momofmichael. ... The book is divided into six sections: The Last Lecture, Really Achieving Your Childhood ...

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World's Strongest Librarian

... Randy Pausch died of pancreatic cancer in 2008. Before he passed, he left an ... The Last Lecture book review. Seems easy enough to do.

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OpEdNews

If you haven't seen the Youtube video, read the Parade Magazine or the Original Wall Street Journal articles that got this phenomenon off the ground, you're missing something you really want to be aware of.

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http://bookstove.com

... Home » Book Talk » Summary and Review of The Last Lecture. 22 ... Randy Pausch had a wife, three small children and the job of his dreams.

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Seven Ponds

In his book The Last Lecture, Pausch talks about why childhood dreams are so important to him.

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Discerning Reader

... An interesting book but one that stops short of delivering the best ending. I first heard of Randy Pausch and The Last Lecture on a television ...

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Long Island Press

Book Review: The Last Lecture. By Brian Stieglitz on August 2nd, 2012. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. In this inspiring memoir Randy Pausch, a Carnegie ...

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... Book/Magazine Review: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow. Every Monday, I'll be doing bite-sized book/magazine reviews.

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This book was conceived when Pausch, already diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, was approached about participating in Carnegie Mellon’s “Last Lecture Series.” The series is designed to give professors an opportunity to “consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them…to...

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