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  •  art and engineering (9+ / 0-)

    The reason word processing got fonts when it did  is because Steve Jobs audited a calligraphy class. The creative, artistic aspects to engineering don't get enough attention.
    btw - MIT is now half girls. The students take advantage of many outlets for creative endeavors. When they have design competitions for housing or robots or whatnot, many are visually very elegant. It would be interesting to see if that is more the case as the number of girls increased, or it was always like that.

    •  I think that they did not have nearly (2+ / 0-)
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      chimene, kyril

      that high a percentage of female students when I was in the market for college.

      Also, I am not sure that the more creative outlets that they seem to have now at MIT are a corollary to the increase in female students - maybe there is one - all I really know is what I didn't know when I was trying to work out what to study and where was what kept me from going there.

      I used to say that I would have studied math if I could have been like Lewis Carroll, but that I couldn't figure out how to do that.  That view got reinforced by ending up going to school in an area that was heavily populated by IBM middle managers.  The people we encountered working at "big blue" were super dull and conservative.

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