The Last Lecture
— 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 c...more
For those who aren't aware, Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The university has a tradition of inviting professors to give a lecture where they pretend that it is their last chanc...more
yeah, everyone is raving about this guy...
Five star attitude... the author gets diagnosed with terminal cancer. He refers to this as "an engineering problem" (understated and true) has 3-6 months to live, tops. Has 3 small children (ages 6 and under)who will never know him. he was scheduled to give a "last lecture", ya know, how to live your life as if you were dying... (irony) and he writes it in such a way that it's a celebra...more
Suffice to say that this is human beings at their best. You might not agree with all of Randy's lessons, but he tells you from the get go that this is what he thinks and he did it all for his kids.
Towards the end I cried because there really isn't another word to describe the whole thing but genuine. The book was published when he was still alive, but I read it when he had already passed away so it was even more hear...more
Randy Pausch, the author, was one of those people who became wildly popular in 2008 thanks to the internet. He was a popular professor at Carnegie Mellon and was invited to give a “last lecture”, a tradition of sorts where a professor is urged to give a specially prepared lecture as though it were the last s/he were to ever give. And so they are encouraged to break down all t...more
I read this because I am doing continuing coverage on the author, a Carnegie Mellon University professor who is dying of pancreatic cancer and who gave a last lecture that has been viewed on the Web by more than 6 million folks.
For what it is -- essentially an expanded version of the lecture about his life story and his advice on how to live a fulfilling life which can all be read in a sitting -- it...more
I suppose a reader can't...more
It was more than a lecture ! and it's not fair to write a review about this great work .. Actually it was an every day's lecture ..
I was completely in , I cried with him and laughed with him, I was amazed by his courage, faith and pride , I liked how he decided to help his wife in raising the kids after his death .
he was a gre...more
A few nights later, a guy who took the seat next to me on the train home was reading the book Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow put out based off his lecture. I gave it a few glances out of the corner of my eye and d...more
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As far as I'm concerned, this guy is a hero. He was happy, and yet he achieved so much. He was diagnosed with cancer, and instead of just letting it put him down, it was a motive for him to leave this last lecture, a lasting legacy.
I do recommend that everyone read this book.
For those who are not familiar with this 2008 bestselling...more
I very much like that fact that it is a book basically about being positive and being effective and is by an author exactly unlike the author of the Secret.
I would suffer immensely if I had to read a book (the Secret) about how I should visualize something and then it will happen and that this is a great secret only known to abraham lincoln and some famous ancients, revealed now for the first time to a broader audience. I model that as basically taki...more
He had great points and I agree with him on a lot of his advice. I think I would give the book a 3.5 if I could. Personally, it was a...more
This book is based on his famous "Last Lecture" but it is just a book. A book written using his words, and his photographs, but alas, not possessing the jazzy energy of the man himself. How could it?
I think the book should be sold with a DVD of the actual lecture. (although it is free on YouTube) Randy set a...more
I felt as if he prese...more
As is mentioned on the flap of the book, professors in universities are often asked to present a lecture called "The Last Lecture". They are told to imagine that death is near and this talk will be their last one before leaving the world of the living. What wisdom will they impart?
In the case of Randy Pausch, he did not have to imagine, for he was just diagnosed with terminal cancer - pancreatic cance...more
Pausch uses everyday problems and gives them a whole new meaning. If your not into cliches then the book may get annoying. He says things like 'people are more important than things,' and 'don't sweat the small stuff,' etc. However I am pretty okay with cliches (he loves them by the way).
I think you can take what you want out of this book. Some...more
This is typical 1980's individualistic, unreflective advise on how to succeed in life. Alas, Professor Pausch does not realize that he was born white, male, middle income, in exactly the time in the 20th century where he could avoid confronting WWI, WWII, the depression, Korea, Vietnam, urban riots of the 1960's, the...more
Here is the last lecture of professor Randy Pausch, a terminally ill cancer patient and married father of three young children.
This book, which expands upon the actual lecture viewable on YouTube, is essentially a love letter to his wife & kids. One would need a heart of stone to be unmoved by Mr. Pausch's plight and his earnest desire to express his love for his family. But the "last lecture" (and the book by the same title) is/was a public event. And illness by itself, though it might con...more