Proposed Program for the Celebration in Honor of Jack Schwartz, at CIMS on March 27

Diana Schwartz just sent me the proposed schedule for this Friday’s celebration in honor of Jack Schwartz.

It will be held from 7-9PM at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (CIMS), 251 Mercer St, New York, New York, one block west of the intersection of Broadway and Fourth Street. [1]


program jack_celebration;                        -- start Jack Schwartz program
use jack_colleagues_friends_family_pak;          -- use SETL package, please
                                                 -- forgive Diana’s syntax errors
print("Welcome by Ed Schonberg");
print("Marian McPartland, piano
       When the Saints Go Marching In - Traditional
       It's Easy to Remember (And So Hard to Forget) – Music by Richard
               Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart");
print("Judith Dunford");
print("Martin Davis");
print("David Finkelstein");
print("David Robinson, guitar
       Prelude in D Minor, by J. S. Bach");
print("Louis Nirenberg");
print("Fran Allen");
print("Greg Chaitin");
print("Robert Dewar");
print("Michael Schwartzman");
print("Edmond Schonberg, piano
       Variations on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, Johannes Brahms (1861).
       Based on a theme from George Frederic Handel's Harpsichord Suite No. 1
       in B-flat Major, HWV 434");
print("Eugenio Omodeo"); [2]
print("Bud Mishra");
print("Ken Perlin");
print("Mike Wigler");
print("Peter Lax");
print("Michael Rabin");
print("Karen Morrissey, vocal
       The Parting Glass");
print("Reception, 13th Floor Lounge");
end jack_celebration;

[3]

Notes:

1. Dear CIMS collelagues. I discovered a couple of days ago that you have a CIMS “planet” and so I now include CIMS in every post about Courant.

2. I don’t know Dr. Omodeo, but in case I forget to tell him the following story, I hope that others who read it will bring it to his attention.

Back in the 1960’s an apartment near the Caltech campus in Pasadena, California, was shared by several generations of graduate students in chemistry. No one knew how to list the phone number until one of them made the obvious suggestion, and after I heard the story I confirmed its accuracy by dialing information and asking for “Avogadro’s number. ”

3. The WordPress source-code listing feature does a great job when listing SETL code using the tag for the Python language.

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One Comment

  1. Posted March 28, 2009 at 06:31 | Permalink | Reply

    Thanks very much for thinking of me and notifying me about Jack’s memorial gathering at Courant. I attended with my mother (who lives just a few blocks from Courant) and wife. I learned a lot about Jack from the event. And I am more in awe of his talent and accomplishments than ever. I estimated that the event would be SRO and the scene in the back of the auditorium proved right. If more people knew of the gathering I have to imagine there would not even have been standing room. I did not have a lot of contact with Jack during my student days at NYU and only had a few short conversions. The one I remember most clearly was a one liner in the hall near his office. A one liner I thought about on and off for the next 30+ years. I learned about the idea of approaching artificial intelligence through simulated evolution and as I was about to walk past Jack I stopped him and asked, “Jack, what do you think about AI through artificial evolution.” A few milliseconds of thought led him to reply “It’s not clear it will be any faster the second time around.” He saw from my expression that I might need a minute to absorb his comment and continued on his walk by. He’s probably right. As usual.

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