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1401323257 03 02 1401323251 03 9781401323257 15 9781401323257 14 09781401323257 01 BB <b202>01</b202> <b203>The Last Lecture</b203> 15 9781401323257 A01 Randy Pausch Pausch, Randy Randy Pausch A02 Jeffrey Zaslow Zaslow, Jeffrey Jeffrey Zaslow 01 eng 224 SEL000000 01 01 "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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Pausch, Randy.
Computer scientists -- United States -- Biography.
Cancer -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Death -- Psychological aspects.