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The Idea Factory : Learning to Think at MIT - Pepper White

The Idea Factory

Learning to Think at MIT

Paperback Published: 12th October 2001
ISBN: 9780262731423
Number Of Pages: 328
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This is a personal story of the educational process at one of the world's great technological universities. Pepper White entered MIT in 1981 and received his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1984. His account of his experiences, written in diary form, offers insight into graduate school life in general--including the loneliness and even desperation that can result from the intense pressure to succeed--and the purposes of engineering education in particular. The first professor White met at MIT told him that it did not really matter what he learned there, but that MIT would teach him how to think. This, then, is the story of how one student learned how to think. There have of course been changes at MIT since 1984, but its essence is still the same. White has added a new preface and concluding chapter to this edition to bring the story of his continuing education up to date.

Preface to the MIT Press Editionp. xiii
Prologuep. 1
Logging Onp. 5
Classp. 17
Breakp. 30
Midtermp. 45
Fundingp. 60
Finalsp. 69
The Guildp. 78
The Taskmastersp. 93
Springp. 108
In Controlp. 119
Sigma Deltap. 134
Two Seventyp. 145
Is Suicide Painless?p. 163
Perpetual Motionp. 174
Hackito Ergo Sump. 191
Papa Flashp. 203
The Joy of Sixp. 215
Resultsp. 230
No It Isn'tp. 250
Quality Controlp. 260
Continuing Educationp. 277
Chapter Notesp. 287
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780262731423
ISBN-10: 0262731428
Series: Mit Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 12th October 2001
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.42 x 13.56  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.35