TITLE: Hope with Thin Envelopes AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: October 04, 2006 5:45 PM DESC: ----- BODY: I am working on a longer entry about a fine book I listened to this weekend, but various work duties -- including preparing for the rapidly approaching OOPSLA conference -- have kept me busier than I planned. I did run across a bit of news today that will perhaps raise the spirits of high school and college students everywhere who did not get into their dream schools. This from a wide-ranging bits-of-news column by Leah Garchik at the San Francisco Chronicle:
P.S.: A bit of information in Tuesday's story about Andrew Fire of Stanford University, winner of a Nobel Prize for medicine, seems deserving of underlining: Stanford turned down Fire when he applied for undergraduate study there. This revelation is a gift to every high school senior who ever received a thin envelope instead of a fat one.
(Of course, Fire did have the good fortune to study at Berkeley and MIT...) Worth noting, too, is that Fire studied mathematics as an undergrad, and that his quantitative background probably played an important role in the thinking that led to his Nobel-winning work. Whenever I encounter high school or college students who are interested in other sciences these days, I tell them that studying computer science or math too will almost certainly make them better scientists than only studying a science content area. I also tell them that computer science is a pretty good content area in its own right! -----