Monday, July 2, 2007

Lunch lectures

I have been invited to attend the Economic Development Lunch Series -- a weekly lunch series here where Harvard PhD candidates discuss their research in the field of developmental economics. Should be interesting, and I can't wait to get started.

On an unrelated note, I am doing quite a bit of walking. My class and my dorm are about has far away from each other as they can possibly be on the Harvard campus. My dorm is down south by the River, next to the Kennedy School of Government. My class is up at the Law School. The building is called Maxwell Dworkin, and is the building Bill Gates (and Steve Ballmer) built about ten years ago. Hanging on the wall is a framed printout of the code Gates and Paul Allen wrote for the first operating system for the Altair computer. It is the beginning of Microsoft. It is actually signed by Gates and Alan next to their names in the copyright info.

Bill Gates was a genuinely brilliant man while he was here. I heard from a man who sat next to him in one of his grad classes. Gates was an undergrad, but would attend the graduate level classes, and seemed to understand everything with little effort.

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