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When the butterfly effect took flight

Half a century ago, Edward Lorenz SM '43, ScD '48, overthrew the idea of the clockwork universe with his ground-breaking research on chaos. Now MIT professors are working to establish a climate research center in his name.

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The Media Lab building is one of the many I.M. Pei-designed buildings on campus.

I'm still here

World-renowned architect I. M. Pei '40 — whose work can be seen across campus — is still designing buildings in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East, following the sun and an inner light.

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A difference maker

Vannevar Bush PhD ’16, a unique figure in American history, transformed his country’s scientific establishment during its wartime hour of need.

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In 2.70, the precursor to 2.007, the competition was to build a mechanical device, out of a set of relatively simple wooden and metal parts, that would roll down a ramp at a precisely controlled rate.

Going head to head

Mechanical-engineering competition set the stage for a variety of competitive classes and events at MIT and elsewhere.

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Robert Taylor, MIT’s first African-American graduate

A foundation for building

How MIT’s first African-American graduate, Robert Taylor, became a prominent architect and brought the MIT philosophy across regional and racial barriers.

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Ellen Swallow Richards

A life filled with firsts

Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first female graduate and faculty member, opened the door for women in science, and founded ecology and home economics along the way.

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Norbert Wiener, the MIT mathematician best known as the father of cybernetics, whose work had important implications for control theory and signal processing, among other disciplines.

Prodigy of probability

Norbert Wiener gained fame as the father of cybernetics, but his earlier work on statistical descriptions of complex systems may prove more important.

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