One of the many things I find fascinating about Steve Jobs’ textured life was his education. From CNET’s obituary:
He attended Reed College in Oregon for a year but dropped out, although he sat in on some classes that interested him, such as calligraphy. After a brief stint at Atari working on video games, he spent time backpacking around India, furthering teenage experiments with psychedelic drugs and developing an interest in Buddhism, all of which would shape his work at Apple.
Tributes to a man who, without question, changed our lives.
More college are being drawn to computer science degrees because of media’s glamorous portrayal of this traditionally geeky career path, today’s New York Times article suggests. Movies like “The Social Network” and Apple’s slick ad campaigns have created celebrities out of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs, and with tech company net worth numbering in the billions, choosing computer science is becoming decidedly more intriguing these days.
This year, 11,000 students will be receiving computer science degrees in the U.S., according to the Computing Research Association, the article states.
Universities are pitching the major as not just a practical skills path, but one that could lead to discovery and creativity.
To hook students, Yale computer science professors are offering freshman seminars with no prerequisites, like one on computer graphics, in which students learn the technical underpinnings of a Pixar movie.
“Historically this department has been very theory-oriented, but in the last few years, we’re broadening the curriculum,” said Julie Dorsey, a professor. Continue reading →