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by Institute Historian T. F. Peterson

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ISBN: 0262661373
Author: Institute Historian T. F. Peterson
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (March 14, 2003)
Pages: 190
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 448
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Institute Historian T. F. Peterson has spent many years lurking in the corridors of MIT picking up gossip . The book is an extensive history of the background of MIT "hacks" that highlights many of the more remarkable ones.

Institute Historian T. Peterson has spent many years lurking in the corridors of MIT picking up gossip and monitoring hacks in progress. The detailed narrative may not be engrossing for everyone, but readers will be impressed with ingenuity of these budding engineers and scientists. Peterson has spent many years lurking in the corridors of MIT picking up gossip and monitoring . So to foster that goal I thought a book on pranks at MIT would amuse the mind of a 10-year-old. It arrived yesterday and I have flip through it and I believe it’s going to be a homerun.

MIT is one of the most selective university in the United States, with a long-standing hacker tradition.

Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT is MIT's latest collection of pictures and articles about hacking.

Nightwork, drawing on the MIT Museum's unique collection of hack-related photographs and other materials, describes and documents the best of MIT's hacks and hacking culture.

Nightwork, drawing on the MIT Museum's unique collection of hack-related photographs and other materials, describes and documents the best of MIT's hacks and hacking culture

Would that Peterson, the Institute's historian, had asked a sociologist or anthropologist buddy to flesh out his text, because I wanted there to be more discussion of the hackers' ethos and ideals.

A compendium of materials on MIT hacks, reflecting the special quality of MIT humor and hacking culture. Institute Historian T. A reminder that it is up to each generation to go where no man has gone before.

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Nightwork Literary hacking at MIT can be traced all the way back to 1939, when an alumnus.

Book Description: An MIT "hack" is an ingenious, benign, andanonymous prank or practical joke, often requiring engineering or scientificexpertise and often pulled off under cover of darkness - instances of campus mischief sometimes coinciding withApril Fool's Day, final exams, or commencement. But even before the Institute crossed the Charles River from Boston to Cambridge in 1916, MIT students were hacking.

Before the term hacking became associated with computers, MIT undergraduates used it to describe any activity that took their minds off studying, suggested an unusual solution to a technical problem, or generally fostered nondestructive mischief. The MIT hacking culture has given us such treasures as police cars and cows on the Great Dome, a disappearing door to the President's office, and the commencement game of "Al Gore Buzzword Bingo." Hacks can be technical, physical, virtual, or verbal. Often the underlying motivation is to conquer the inaccessible and make possible the improbable. Hacks can express dissatisfaction with local culture or with administrative decisions, but mostly they are remarkably good-spirited. They are also by definition ephemeral. Fortunately, the MIT Museum has amassed a unique collection of hack-related pictures, reports, and remnants. Nightwork collects the best materials from this collection, to entertain innocent bystanders and inspire new generations of practitioners.

Comments:

Yainai
MIT students over the years have done a number of incredible stunts, including putting a police car with lights flashing on top of the Great Dome and "borrowing" an iconic cannon from Caltech. The book is an extensive history of the background of MIT "hacks" that highlights many of the more remarkable ones. The detailed narrative may not be engrossing for everyone, but readers will be impressed with ingenuity of these budding engineers and scientists.
Barinirm
Two years ago at the age of eight my son announce that he wanted to attend MIT when he grows up. So to foster that goal I thought a book on pranks at MIT would amuse the mind of a 10-year-old. It arrived yesterday and I have flip through it and I believe it’s going to be a homerun.
Moswyn
"Nightwork" is a compilation of some of the best hacks and pranks perpetrated by MIT students over the years, and besides being impressed by their ingenuity and impudence, I also thought they were uproariously funny. If you like hearing your friends and acquaintances tell stories about clever and outrageous (but harmless) pranks, you will love this book. It includes pictures, descriptions, as much background as the authors were able to gather, and even some letters written by various notable MIT alumni... including one of their most famous- or infamous- hackers. This was well worth every penny I spent.
Mogelv
Hilarious pranks orchestrated by some of the best minds in America.
Lli
Great product and seller.....A+
Dancing Lion
Lots of history about what was done, but nothing really about how they were done, which is what I really wanted.
Thorgaginn
I understand now why this was not any easy book to get -- it's just okay. So geeks are capable of pranks. So are other college students and faculty. Moderately interesting to read once.
Perfect gift for an older MIT alumn.

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