"I don't think I can remember..."

Brian Stuart, a CCI professor, sits in an orange chair with his hands together. He is telling a story and looking off to the side.

"I don’t think I can remember anything particularly pivotal that defined who I am and how I approach things. I guess it has really just been an evolution. The thing that is probably the most present in the memory at the moment is Apollo 11. This year was the 50th anniversary of the splash down at the end of the mission. I was 7 years old when that mission flew. I remember watching the landing on my grandparents’ television. The whole family was over there; in part because one of my uncles worked for NASA at the time. I am sure I had interest in science before that, but the story is that I was absolutely transfixed by the Apollo 11 space mission. The realms of science and technology had always been interesting to me- it’s the perspective on them that has evolved over time. The appreciation of the conceptual, the theoretical, and applied; and the relative balance of those has evolved over the years. But I cannot really point to a particular event that shaped that. It’s been more of a sense of appreciation I’ve developed the more I have studied things. Studying the source code of Unix increased my appreciation for the operating system. Studying Turing’s original paper made me appreciate the beauty that lies within the pure theory behind computation. All such things have contributed to creating the perspective and the approach that I have."

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