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A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

By Sylvia Nasar

 “HOW might YOU, A MATHEMATICIAN, think THAT EXTRATERRESTRIALS have been SENDING YOU MESSAGES?” the customer from Harvard requested the West Virginian with the movie-star appears to be like and Olympian demeanour. “Because the tips I had approximately supernatural beings got here to me an identical method my mathematical principles did,” got here the reply. “So I took them seriously.”

Thus starts off the genuine tale of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was once a legend by means of age thirty while he slipped into insanity, and who—thanks to the selflessness of an attractive lady and the loyalty of the maths community—emerged after many years of ghostlike lifestyles to win a Nobel Prize for triggering the sport thought revolution. the foundation for an Academy Award–winning motion picture, Sylvia Nasar’s now-classic biography is a drama concerning the secret of the human brain, conquer adversity, and the therapeutic strength of affection.

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2 Usability Requirements Setting such goals is controversial, and the goals vary across cultures. These broader issues are left for the Afterword. 1) is to ascertain the users/ needs-that is, what tasks and subtasks must be carried out. The frequent tasks are easy to determine, but the occasional tasks, the exceptional tasks for emergency conditions, and the repair tasks to cope with errors in use of the interface are more difficult to discover. Task analysis is central, because interfaces with inadequate functionality frustrate users and are often rejected or underutilized.

The older adults, who explored spreadsheets, word processors, and educational games, felt quite satisfied with themselves, were eager to learn more, and transferred their newfound enthusiasm to trying automated bank machines or supermarket touchscreen computers. Suggestions for redesigns to meet the needs of older adults (and possibly other users) also emerged-for example, the appeal of high-precision touchscreens compared with the mouse (see Chapter 9). In summary, computing for older adults enables them to share in the benefits of technology and enables others to profit from their participation.

For teenagers, the opportunities for empowerment are substantial. 15 Child using an educational computer game (LeapFrog's LeapPad Learning System) which has books and a pen that children can use for learning to read, learning letter sounds, and playing games. messaging, text messaging on cell phones, playing with simulations and fantasy games, and exploring web-based virtual worlds. Appropriate design principles for children's software recognize young people's intense desire for the kind of interactive engagement that gives them control with appropriate feedback and supports their social engagement with peers (Druin and Inkpen, 2001; Bruckman and Bandlow, 2002).

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