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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Up the infinite corridor.
Reading, Mass. : Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., c1993
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|Notes:||"A William Patrick book."|
|Description:||xii, 203 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||1. Solution Space --
2. The Infinite Corridor --
3. A Different Variety of Mind --
4. The Architecture of Solution Space --
5. Engineering Science --
6. The Tech Model Railroad Club --
7. The MIT Knee --
8. The Media Lab --
9. Nanotechnology --
10. Technical Sports --
11. The Vision Chip.
"MIT is a rich culture that has always had its bizarre projects and its even more bizarre personalities, and Hapgood guides us through its history, the folkways and legends of undergraduate life, the twisted sense of humor emerging from the pressures and insecurities of a place in which everyone has the intellectual accelerator wired to the floor. The engineering sensibility that emerges is nothing like the dry "nuts and bolts" cliche. Rather it is an ethos based on reverence for "the fitness of things," the existential pleasure of connecting with the properties of nature. For as Hapgood points out, if scientists carry on a romance, engineers form a marriage and have progeny with nature, working within its confines day in and day out. The value system implied is one that sees our universe composed of elements whose behaviors matter to us intimately." "Hapgood's rich and insightful treatment shows engineering to be an enterprise surprisingly humane, even lyrical."--BOOK JACKET.