OT: Harvard esoterica

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 9 06:36:43 UTC 2007

No, it's not a component of the undergraduate college. I'm sorry for
giving the implication that it is. When it reaches its full
development, it's meant to be as distinct from the College as the Law
School, the Medical School, etc. It couldn't compete with M.I.T.,
otherwise. Of course, Harvard competes quite easily with the 'Tute, as
things stand. Steven Pinker is merely the most famous of the most

You are correct that "Department of Applied Science" should have read
"Division of Engineering & Applied Physics." I went by the "insider"
name of the library, which name I remember more easily than that of
the name of that unit of the University. My *impression,* is that,
until the Division of Etc. was upgraded to a school, it was a unit of
the College, but I wouldn't bet money on it. (Note that being a unit
of the College doesn't mean that any unit is also part of the
undergraduate school, especially when it comes to libraries.)


On Dec 6, 2007 8:04 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> At 12/6/2007 05:38 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
> >BTW, the Department of Applied Science has been promoted to the School
> >of Engineering and Applied Sciences. No longer will the World's
> >Greatest University be forced to use M.I.T. as a farm club. Cf., e.g.
> >Steven Pinker. With any luck and a few bucks, the 'Tute may well be
> >put out of business.
> In my time, the graduate school I attended was called "The Division
> of Engineering and Applied Physics".  When I saw the "promotion"
> announcement, it seemed like Harvard was recycling its
> wheel.  (Although the 2000's "Department of Applied Science" could
> perhaps have been only undergraduate -- I haven't investigated, the
> "School of Engineering and Applied Sciences" certainly sounds not a
> component of the College.)
> Joel
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