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I walk the Infinite Corridor (IC) every morning and each time I marvel at this majestic space. Some years back (1998), a French journalist* wrote a wonderful piece about MIT’s IC which was surprising as the French do not tend to be too positive about anything American – in fact, this article was the most “affectionate” article I read about MIT. What is most noticeable as one walks down the corridor is the history that is displayed in those big panels across both walls of the corridor. However, I keep thinking as I see this history every day that something great is missing. The giants of biology are not there – granted they are still alive (except for Luria) and I hope it’s not that MIT is waiting for them to die before acknowledging their enormous contribution to the Institute and world at large. I am speaking of course of Luria and Baltimore and Sharp and Horvitz whose work gave the Institute an edge in modern molecular biology. Since MIT is preparing to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2011, I thought it may be appropriate to bring this up now so that by 2011, perhaps a piece of that history may be visible from the most defining of MIT spaces, the IC. And perhaps another French journalist will again write an “affectionate” piece about MIT as it is viewed through its uniquely special Infinite Corridor.”
*excerpt from his article: “Traveling down the Infinite Corridor, however, is a far more challenging task. From one end to the other, the Corridor is aswirl with ideas that set children dreaming, and make adults hope they will live long enough to enjoy the new inventions spawning here. It is the kingdom of knowledge, where a casual visitor quickly becomes dizzy and breathless at the headlong pace of science creating our collective future.”
21 Sep 09 at 9:40 am edit_comment_link(__('Edit', 'sandbox'), ' ', ''); ?>
The Infinite Hallway lies at 66.6 degrees… Symbolic of Hell? I have a picture of the Infinite on Google Maps with the degree heading labeled. Where can I send that! ILTFP!!!
6 Nov 09 at 8:44 pm edit_comment_link(__('Edit', 'sandbox'), ' ', ''); ?>
The corridor plays a key role in the story “whatever Became of Institute Gray”.\
I>G> being the battleship paint cheapest of all and therefore used by MIT to paint the lower 6 or 8 feet of the wall of most of this very long corridor, never named infinite in my ancient memory. Corridor also the side where Laddie Cook’s mousetrap powered behicle defeated the runner up, both having run the length of the armory.
The dollar bill by Abraham Seidman, I think; the other mural by him also, about 1970.
Paul E Gray ’54 was satirized as Paul “institute Gray” for his role in “displine” (political revenge) cases, e.g. against the Black student union members who sat in at the Faculty Club to protest the black workers there getting less pay per hour than the white workers in the West Campus dorms. One BUS person (black student, anyway) had airline tickets proving he was in the midwest at the time some administrator(s?) (not sure if it was Gray himself) claimed he was sitting in. The General Assembly replaced the 3 students on the “committee on discipline” with black students for these trials, jury of their peers, and then the usual holders of those seats resumed them.
BTW it would be much easier to submit comments if they were not in .0625 or so gray scale, i.e. almost non visible.
Gray was also drawn with his head porgtrayed as a cube and his suit, of course, Institute Gray.
Wells Eddleman '71
18 May 10 at 9:32 am edit_comment_link(__('Edit', 'sandbox'), ' ', ''); ?>