In 1982, my family became the first on the block to own a computer. We purchased an Apple IIe with double the standard amount of RAM (bringing it up to a whopping 128K), a 5¼-inch low-density disk drive, and an Epson ProWriter dot matrix printer. While I did spend quite a bit of time with this machine, I didn't realize the significance of this event until much later. It made me a member of the first generation of scientists who never knew an academic world that was not fully infused with computers. As part of this group, I was initially...

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