This morning, I finished watching SICP video lectures with my tiny Dopod 838 QVGA screen when commuting on company shuttle bus. As I have pointed out in previous post, learning such a mind-expanding book has never been such a pleasure with the aid of videos.
When watching the video, one may have already noticed at the beginning that the atmosphere
was somehow different, with Abelson wearing a foolscap and almost
everybody wearing sunglasses. In this very last clip, after Sussman
explained the simple-but-very-effective Minsky garbage collector and
discussed the halting problem, the usual Q&A section started. The
last tricky question was
Is this the last
question?, and Sussman replied
Apparently yes after a long
pause. And the lecture just closed here, with every student (actually
HP employees) getting a close-up.
I just studied the lectures along with them, learned a lot of things, and was delighted and blown away many times. The video was taken in July 1986, when I had no idea of what computer is. It's interesting that I managed to learn things together with them. Although I have not really dived into the books and the exercises, I'm sure I will do so quite soon, at least to meet the authors again during reading.