Hal Abelson

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Go out and buy yourself a five-cent pencil and a ten-cent notebook and begin to write down some million-dollar ideas for yourself.
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Hal Abelson is the Class of 1992 Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the MIT, and a fellow of the IEEE. He holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from MIT.


  • If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
  • Applicants must also have extensive knowledge of Unix, although they should have sufficiently good programming taste to not consider this an achievement
    • Source: [1] - MIT job advertisement
  • In the Middle Ages people built cathedrals, where the whole town would get together and make a thing that's greater than any individual person could do and the society would kind of revel in that. We don't do that as much anymore, but in a sense this is kind of like building a cathedral.
  • Anything which uses science as part of its name isn't: political science, creation science, computer science.
  • "What’s important is not just to develop the technology; it’s to develop the processes."
  • "It is not that there is some magic technology. It is what are you going to do with it?"

Recommended Reading

  • Turtle Geometry: The Computer as a Medium for Exploring Mathematics (1981)
  • Logo for the Apple II (1982)
  • Apple Logo (1982)
  • Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs (1985)
  • Logo for the Macintosh: An Introduction through Object Logo (1992)
  • Architects of the Information Society (1999) - edited by with Simson L. Garfinkel

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