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What made you (continue to) want to write a book?

Many people have asked me why I decided to write a book. A better questions is: “When you realized that writing the book was going to be orders of magnitude harder and take much longer than you thought it would, what made you decide to continue writing the book?” My co-author, Wolfgang Polak, and I [...] → Read More: What made you (continue to) want to write a book?

A Gentle Introduction

Our book, Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction, has been out for a little over a month. So far, it has received as much attention from weaving blogs as science blogs, due to the card-woven bands on the cover. MIT press takes pride in their cover designs, but warns authors that  “schedules rarely allow for individual [...] → Read More: A Gentle Introduction

A magical way to learn computer science

Former FXPAL intern Jeremy Kubica’s Computational Fairy Tales is a fresh new entry into the blogosphere that introduces a unusual way to learn computer science: read a series of charming fairy tales. Each post contains a few sentences of introduction to a computer science concept followed by a fairy tale illustrating that concept. I particularly [...] → Read More: A magical way to learn computer science

Technology and education

Scott McLeod’s MindDump blog featured a set of pie charts reflecting professors’ use of technology. The charts are reproduced from a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and is based on a survey of about 4,600 professors from 50 Universities, collected in the spring of 2009. The piece cites, but does not link to [...] → Read More: Technology and education