Seymour Papert dies at age 88, leaving lasting legacy in education

by Faith DeAmbrose Renowned educator, scholar, author, theorist and mathematician Seymour Papert died in Blue Hill on July 31 of complications stemming from bladder and kidney infections. He was 88 years old. A longtime resident of Deer Isle and of East Blue Hill, Papert was “a man that actually changed the world,” said his wife of 24 years, Suzanne Massie, on August 3. “Not many people get to change the world.” Papert is credited with numerous advancements in artificial intelligence, educational technologies and child development. He penned a book with Marvin Minsky in 1969 called Perceptrons, which is widely considered to be a seminal work in the study of artificial intelligence. In 2001, Newsweek named him “one of the nation’s 10 top innovators in education.” Papert was struck by a…


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