ESP Biography
NELSON ELHAGE, ESP Teacher
Major: Computer Science College/Employer: Stripe Year of Graduation: 2009 

Brief Biographical Sketch:
Not Available. Past Classes(Clicking a class title will bring you to the course's section of the corresponding course catalog)M3676: The Lambda Calculus in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12  13, 2014)
This will be a rapid introduction to the Lambda Calculus, a theoretical model of computing originally proposed by Alonzo Church in the 1930s. We will explore how, starting from the barest primitive ideas, you can derive all the comutational power of a modern desktop computer! NOTE: This is not the calculus you've heard about in school! In fact, there are almost no numbers involved, and you don't need to know any math  just have a curiosity for some slightly abstract reasoning.
M3677: What is Infinity? in Splash! Spring 2014 (Apr. 12  13, 2014)
What is infinity? Is "infinity" a number? Does `\frac{1}{0} = \infty`? What does it mean when a mathematician tells you that some infinities are bigger than others?
We'll explore what mathematicians mean by "infinity", talk about different sizes of infinities and how to compare them, and more!
M3165: What is Infinity? in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02  03, 2013)
What is infinity? Is "infinity" a number? Does `\frac{1}{0} = \infty`? What does it mean when a mathematician tells you that some infinities are bigger than others?
We'll explore what mathematicians mean by "infinity", talk about different sizes of infinities and how to compare them, and more!
M3166: The Lambda Calculus in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02  03, 2013)
This will be a rapid introduction to the Lambda Calculus, a theoretical model of computing originally proposed by Alonzo Church in the 1930s. We will explore how, starting from the barest primitive ideas, you can derive all the comutational power of a modern desktop computer! NOTE: This is not the calculus you've heard about in school! In fact, there are almost no numbers involved, and you don't need to know any math  just have a curiosity for some slightly abstract reasoning.
M3167: How to build a Grandmaster: An introduction to game AI in Splash! Fall 2013 (Nov. 02  03, 2013)
Have you ever wondered how computers are able to play board games like Chess? It turns out that the way humans play these games is very different from how we know how to make computers do so. We'll look at the minimax technique for building AIs for Chess or other games, and we'll discuss some of the tricks you need to do to make it perform on a truly grandmaster level.
