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Royston Sellman

Royston shared an office with me for much of my time in the Computers in the Curriculum project at Chelsea College and made an excellent colleague and critical friend.

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Reflection: It was discussions and debates with Royston that deepened my knowledge of quality in programming and a pedagogy of computing.

Royston is the most down to earth character who loves his work in solving simulation problems and designing software. His talents ranged from mathematical analysis to a real understanding of the nature of programming. Royston raised my game with respect to the best way to programme and opened my eyes to a theoretical world of computing that I had not encountered. We would argue about the relative merits of Pascal, Smalltalk, Lisp, Logo, Basic and Hypertalk. Royston's groundedness also helped me avoid the worst excesses of naivety and idealism

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893