Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard

This week Harvard's CS50 Overview of Computer Science beat Economics 10a to develop the major freshman class with 818 students joined (and numerous non-students watching for free online).

"Harvard students are clever people," Harry R. Lewis, executive of undergraduate studies in Computer Science, told The Crimson. "They have guessed out that in pretty much each area of study, computational ways and computational thinking are going to be significant in the future."

Oh, how the world has altered. As recently as 2002, Harvard's CS50 admission had fallen below 100 students, down from closely 400 in the Dot-com bubble, rendering to a paper by current class leader Instructor David J. Malan.

Even more striking is that of almost 120 students enrolled in 2005; less than 20 students attended a Dec. 2005 visitor lecture by Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, arbitrating from a video posted to YouTube.

Actually, Harvard students hadn't figured out the significance of computer science back then.

Of course, Zuckerberg, then 21, wasn't the image he is nowadays, though he was fine on his way to building the Facebook Kingdom. The social networking site, which he started during his earlier year in Feb. 2004, had extended to 2,000 schools, with 400 million page opinions per day and 50 employees.

After his overview from Professor Michael D. Smith, Zuckerberg gets halfhearted clapping from the small spectators.

Zuckerberg gives a short-lived and rather practical lecture and then takes queries. He seems upset that students keep asking about Facebook fairly than computer science.

"Any CS questions?" he jokes frequently.

He also points out how smart it is to get into computer science these days:

"One of the best things about this time in expertise is that individuals are leveraged and capable to do way more than they've actually ever been able to do before. Even four years ago when Google was started currently they have hundreds of thousands of machines and possibly billions of dollars spent on tools.

"The age group before Google, you couldn't even create a site without several big piece of hardware. I think eBay, for instance, ran off of two $50,000 machineries. You just can't start doing that if you're just a child in a dormitory room. So I think the fact that we could rental machines for $100 a month & use that to scale up to a point where we had 300,000 users is attractive cool.

"It's a pretty exclusive thing that that's going on in expertise right now. It makes it so that in its place of worrying about who is the greatest player and what is Google going to do afterward, you can do more of - you can just acquire a lot of stuff done. And in its place of having to go out and have some of the old-style business problems, like you have to increase capital before you can make anything, that's no extended an issue. So you're leveraged to do a lot extra on your own now.

"I don't know if that reactions the question that you're asking, but it's one of the motives why I think that, on this topic, it makes a lot of logic to be studying this stuff. As at no point in the past could you pull such a small amount of cash to get influential enough technology to actually touch people in the method that you can today."