a diary, a record of thoughts and events, kept when teaching
computer science for the humanities and social sciences.
students wanted to know if computation, as a paradigm, could
be useful in their branches of learning concerned with ancient
Greek and Latin culture, especially history and philosophy.
I was struck by their gentility, and, of course, by their interest
in my stories, when trying to illustrate the theory of algorithmic
and soft computing.
believed, and probably were right, that thinking over a question
long after you heard it brings out points of interest that escaped
you in first instance. They asked very sophisticated questions.
They asked the teacher about his own research, about his experiments,
about his predictions, now, at the end of millennium, when the
world was in chaos, nations worked furiously to subvert other
nations, men, women, and children were confused about their
place and purpose, and myriad were the double agents, impostors,
and traitors who reveled in the turmoil, because even the faithful