Category Archives: MIT

An MIT PhD for Origami

Source: Jason Ku website, 2016


MIT Success in the Nobel Prizes: Length & Breadth

Source: MIT, date indeterminate


In 2001, MIT swept 5 of the 6 Nobel prizes; the omission was for Literature, won by VS Naipaul.  

MIT Admissions Blogger Shares Resources for MIT Undergraduate Application

Source: Slice of MIT, Oct 2016

This post is addressed to all the Applicants who have emailed me, and it contains all the answers to your questions that I could know, some generalized for the public.

Consciousness as a Mathematical Pattern

Source: Science Alert, Sep 2016

consciousness exists, and it’s one of the most fundamental aspects of what makes us human. And just like dark matter and dark energy have been used to fill some otherwise gaping holes in the standard model of physics, researchers have also proposed that it’s possible to consider consciousness as a new state of matter.
…  he proposes that consciousness can be interpreted as a mathematical pattern – the result of a particular set of mathematical conditions.

Simpsons (in 2010) predicted this year’s (2016) Nobel Economics Laureate

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Oct 2016

Millhouse picked Holmstrom

Paid the MIT graduate school application fee after being admitted

Source: MIT Slice of Life, Oct 2016
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she listened to me as we discussed the professional and personal aspects of my school selection. She shared with me her story and her choice to come to MIT. She talked about her passion for pursing projects impactful to real people. She spoke to me as a collaborator, perhaps even a friend.

At an interviewee poster session, I stood apprehensive by my work, anticipating a barrage of pointed questions and judgmental head tilts. Instead, I encountered a community of people who wanted to get to know me, hear about what I was working on, and get a feel for how I was framing and tackling research problems.

After small talk died down around the lunch table on the last day, the department head opened the conversational floor to the few of us remaining. In a moment of boldness, I asked the question I was dying to ask, “As a tenured faculty at MIT leading your department and your field, do you feel like you’ve made it? Do you feel that you’ve finally arrived?” He smiled broadly as he considered my question, tilting his head and his gaze slightly upward. I can’t remember the exact words he used to give his response, a response that was both human and hopeful, but I do remember that he took me seriously and answered me honestly. He treated me as a colleague.

I was invited here as an equal, and encouraged not to prove my worth, but to capitalize on the opportunity.

Anu Sood October 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

I actually applied to MIT grad school without the application fee (I believe it was $50 at the time). I told them I would pay the fee from my stipend if admitted. I was offered admission at the last minute and I’m pretty sure that I then paid the fee.


Paul Samuelson: Father of Modern Economics

Source: MIT, date indeterminate

Called the father of modern economics, Samuelson became the first American to win the Nobel Prize in Economics (1970) for his work to transform the fundamental nature of the discipline. He insisted that mathematics was essential, and his numerous and groundbreaking contributions provided the foundation on which modern economics is built. Samuelson’s textbook, Economics: An Introductory Analysis, is one of the most widely used in the history of American education.