Prayers for Seymour Papert

Seymour Papert is one of my heros. His book Mindstorms got me interested in Tools for Learning. I just read in Andy Carvin’s blog that Seymour Papert had an accident and in grave condition. I pray that he has a speedy recovery and gets back to full health.

Latest Update:

25th Dec 06

I just found this on wikipedia – an effort to send virtual flowers to Seymour Papert wishing him speedy recovery.

And here is a virtual get wel l card you can sign.

17th Dec 06

Flown back to Boston

Sunday, Dec 17, 2006, Page 5

It was a terrible coincidence that has focused attention on one of Vietnam’s worst problems: In the past week, motorbikes hit and killed two beloved professors on the streets of Hanoi.

One, the president of Hanoi National University, died a day after he was struck during an afternoon stroll near his home.

The other, a professor emeritus from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, is in a coma after being run down on a busy street in front of his Hanoi hotel.

A chartered plane yesterday flew technology and education expert Seymour Papert, 78, back to Boston, along with family members, a nurse and a neurologist.

Papert, in Hanoi for an international mathematics conference, had been talking to a friend about ways to solve Hanoi’s traffic problems when a speeding motorbike hit him on Dec. 7.

Seymour Papert in a coma after being struck by a motorbike
Top MIT scientist injured in Vietnam Boston Globe
MIT technology expert in coma after Hanoi traffic accident Eyewitness News