Gary ornell is a computer scientist, co-founder of Apress, a publisher of information technology books.
The following is the translation of a post in french on this blog. I wrote it more than four years ago; this version is a bit sketched.
Sunday December 18, 2005 – about 11 o’ clock.
Who is Gary Cornell ?
I had recorded this name but I’m not able to remember if it refers to an English writer, a mathematician or of a jazz man. Unless it be the Cornell University founder.
The web will answer me. He is not the founder of the Cornell University; the first name of this last is Ezra.
A research with the key phrase "gary cornell" returns 112 000 references (but fortunately only a half thousand are displayed.) Almost all speak about an author of books that are related to computer science. This is certainly the Gary Cornell I look for. Fast glance at my books of computer sciences: numerous authors but not that one.
It is however by all means for reasons linked to the edition in computer sciences that I noted this name because the web says that
Gary Cornell has been writing and teaching programming professionals for more than 20 years and is the co-founder of Apress, the fastest growing publisher for IT professionals in the world.
I dissect again the search listing. Surprise. I find the title of a book that I bought in about the year 2000 after the fabulous discovery of the proof of the "Fermat Last Theorem". A big volume, near 600 pages, which incorporates a set of articles concerning this proof. The articles are written by different authors and as it happens sometimes, one does not put on the blanket the authors’ names but the names of the persons who gathered the articles and they are called the editors (not to be confounded with the managers of the edition enterprise that published the book). On the blanket of my book, one can thus see the names of the three editors and among these, Gary Cornell. This time, not doubt, it is there that I found this name.
But last question : is the G. Cornell of my book the man of Apress? The two persons are presented as bound to the teaching of mathematics and to the University of Connecticut. It is thus quasi certain although there be namesakes a little far and near.
(num code : 390 ; alpha code : cornellgary)