Tue 9 Jan 2018 14:30 - 15:00 at Museum B - Talks II

Writing well is hard for many reasons, but perhaps the hardest of all is what Steven Pinker calls “The Curse of Knowledge” — the difficulty of imagining ourselves inside the mind of someone who does not know something that we do know. We’ll explore possible antidotes to this curse.

Benjamin Pierce is Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow of the ACM. His research interests include programming languages, type systems, language-based security, computer-assisted formal verification, differential privacy, and synchronization technologies. He is the author of the widely used graduate textbooks Types and Programming Languages and Software Foundations. He has served as co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Functional Programming, as Managing Editor for Logical Methods in Computer Science, and as editorial board member of Mathematical Structures in Computer Science, Formal Aspects of Computing, and ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems. He is also the lead designer of the popular Unison file synchronizer.

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