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: J. Alan Ritter
Sometimes engineering analysis needs homegrown dimensions. The smoot, used to measure the length of the 364.4-smoot-long Harvard Bridge, was based on the height of student Oliver Smoot. The bruno, Nightwork notes, is a volume “equal to the size of the dent in the asphalt resulting from the six-story free fall of an upright piano.”
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