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Colloquium - Haddon

In the Neighborhood of Three: A Colloquium in Appreciation of Professor W. M. Waite
Bruce Haddon
Paladin Software International

This is a talk in the style of a "walk," that starts out at a place of interest, and then proceeds step by step to other near-by places of interest, and, perhaps, comes finally to somewhere near another place of interest.

The history of digital computing has been dominated by the practice and theory of binary computation, based on the number 2. However, there are many similarly fascinating things about digital computing to be found in the neighborhood of the number three. This talk explores some of these paths and byways as have been visited in the neighborhood of three in the last 60 years, and leads to and from some very contemporaneous matters. This "walk" is undertaken for fun and interest in the study of computer science and computer engineering, and illustrates computer science concepts turning up in all sorts of places.

The talk is given by Dr. Bruce Haddon, former faculty member of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, to mark the occasion of the retirement of Dr. William Waite from the active faculty of the Department of Computer Science and of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, where he has conducted research and taught generations of students for almost 40 years. Dr. Haddon has been a student and colleague of Dr. Waite's since they first encountered each other more than 40 years ago (i.e., before the start of his career at the University of Colorado), and this colloquium is given in appreciation of the influence and impact that Dr. Waite has had on at least (this) one of his students.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)