18 is a fine number, especially when it counts years.
It’s an excellent age for wine, or so I’m told by the sommelier app on my phone.
It’s an excellent age for video games – Mortal Kombat was released 18 years ago now (goodness, I’m old).
And it’s the age of many of our excellent applicants – meaning, all y’all!
It’s also an excellent number of years for MIT. Howso?
Well, 18 is the number of years in a row that the Nobel Prize has been awarded to either an MIT alum or MIT faculty!
Don’t believe me? Check out the timeline.
This year’s Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to MIT Professor Peter A. Diamond, along with Dale T. Mortensen and Christopher A. Pissarides, for their work on “Search Frictions”, or the costs attendant to searching for employment in down labor markets, explaining why people who are looking for work and companies looking for workers can’t always easily find each other.
Think about that: MIT folks have won consecutive Nobel Prizes for longer than many of you have been alive!
Next year’s MIT Nobel? Well, the minds of the Nobel committee are mysteries to me, but if I had to hazard a guess, it’d be to Tim Beaver, for practicing prognostication: