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Randy Pausch

Last Lecture Becomes Book

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Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon computer science professor and alum who has become world-famous for his last lecture "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," has expanded his popular talk into a book.

"The Last Lecture" is published by Hyperion and was co-written with Jeff Zaslow of the Wall Street Journal, who also happens to be a Carnegie Mellon alum.

Pausch, a 47-year-old married father of three who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, discusses the book in an ABC News Special with Diane Sawyer to air April 9 at 10 p.m.

In the book, Pausch delves deeper into the stories of his life with the hope that his children can apply the lessons he's learned to their own lives when they get older.

Pausch is co-founder of Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center and regarded as a pioneer in computer science education for leading researchers in the creation of Alice. The video of his last lecture has been viewed on the Internet by millions worldwide, and appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC's Good Morning America and the CBS Evening News have since followed.

Co-author Zaslow will visit Carnegie Mellon's Pittsburgh campus April 14, presenting a talk about the book. The discussion is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Chosky Theater. Beginning at 3 p.m., books will be sold outside the theater.

The University Bookstore is selling the book and audiobook.

Related Links: Order the Book  |  Order the Audiobook  |  Watch the Lecture  |  Watch Preview of Diane Sawyer Interview  |  Randy's Homepage  |  Alice  |  ETC


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