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11. Objective-C > Education

Education

You have a Bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry and mathematics, and a Ph.D. in mathematical biology. How did you go from there to creating a programming language?

Brad: After my postdoc, I took a look around and realized that I was more interested in computers than in the kind of openings that were available then.

Does your university background influence your vision of software design?

Brad: Absolutely. Constantly.

If you examine ecological systems, you see software as an ecological system in all respects except that the system lacks anything like physical conservation laws—no conservation of mass or energy. The product of our labor is made of bits that can be copied so easily that it’s hard to buy, sell, and own them. The economic system, the ecology, breaks down.


  

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