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Anthony R. '09

Sep 19, 2005

It’s all about the numbers…

Posted in: Visit

Here at MIT, just about everything is referred to by its number. To get from East Campus to LaVerde's Market, you enter Building 66, pass through Buildings 56, 16, 8, 10, and 3, and emerge from the basement of Building 7. And when you register for classes, you speak of taking 3.091, 8.01, 18.01, and 21W.784. Tell someone you're taking "Physics 1," and they'll ask "8.01 or 8.012?".

As a celebration of MIT's devotion to numbers, I will once again enter our hallowed underground passageways -- this time, in search of rooms which share numbers with common freshman-year classes. :-)

Here are the contenders:

6-001 room 6-001, Building 6 basement. Corresponds to 6.001: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6).

7-012 room 7-012, Building 7 basement. Corresponds to 7.012: Introductory Biology, taught by no other than Eric Lander of MIT's Broad Institute.

18-014 room 18-014, Building 18 basement. Corresponds to 18.014: Calculus (single-variable) with Theory.

Join me on a journey to 18-014 and 6-001, followed by another entry sometime Tuesday with 7-012 and more interesting basement tidbits. :-)

Here, we enter Building 18 and observe the entry to a helpful staircase.

Gotta have a Coke down there!

(looking left as we exit the staircase)

(looking right)

Eureka! A random laboratory with the unfortunate designation of a hard intro calc class. ;-)

If you peek through the windows on the door, you see a few things within the entry area of the lab.

So we exit Building 18, walk over to 66, descend the stairs (as detailed in the last entry), and proceed through 56 and 16 like we're headed for the Infinite Corridor. Instead of turning right, we just keep going, leaving Building 8 and entering Building 6.

(Yes, that change in flooring marks the building change.)

Aha! A close inspection of Building 6's floor plan (available to any member of the MIT community via a Web page) reveals that this unassuming pair of doors holds the magical designation of 6-001.

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Anthony, you're becoming almost rat-like, 'crawling' through the basement during your time at school... Cool, didn't know the network was so extensive.

Posted by: Eric Asava-Aree on September 20, 2005

18.014 isn't that hard. It's just badass.


Posted by: Kelly on September 20, 2005

You should do better things with your time. Like ALL THAT HOMEWORK you're always complaining about =P

Posted by: Christina on September 20, 2005

You know Anthony, I think you need some more pictures in your next entry.

Just some advice. =P

Posted by: Laura on September 21, 2005

Can do. wink

Posted by: Anthony on September 21, 2005

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