MIT: Students by Day, Hackers by Night

A newly revised book celebrates MIT's illustrious tradition of hacks and pranks

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Photo: Terri Iuzzolino Matsakis
Is hacking a sacred activity at MIT? Consider a mural painted on one of the central pillars at the east end of Cathedral 7, in which an HP28S calculator is the main object of adoration. Its label, “Hackito ergo sum” (based on philosopher René Descartes’s famous “Cogito, ergo sum”) can be roughly translated as “I hack, therefore I am.”
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