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MIT Professor Emeritus Walter Lewin, famous for his astrophysics research as well as for his undergraduate physics lectures, retuned to the lecture hall on Thursday to deliver a public talk on the history of X-ray astronomy. He detailed major scientific breakthroughs from 1962 through 1972 that led to the discovery of X-ray-emitting objects throughout the galaxy. The lecture was part of “An Astronomical Event,” a day-long symposium presented by the MIT Department of Physics and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics & Space Research.
October 12, 2012
In the past few months, several of the richest universities in the U.S. have announced their endowment performances for the 12 months ending on June 30. MIT’s endowment grew to $10.1 billion, the highest value achieved in its history. MIT’s primary investment pool, produced a return of 8 percent, topping returns at other schools, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford, the four private universities with deeper pockets than MIT.
October 12, 2012
Last spring, news of the discovery of proof of the Higgs Boson particle swept MIT’s campus, prompting discussion in classrooms, on social networks and email lists, and in casual conversations among students. During this news blitz, the recurring question on my mind was, what exactly is the Higgs Boson? Since I have no theoretical physics knowledge, I didn’t understand the significance of it at all.
October 12, 2012
MEDFORD — It is an ordinary working-class neighborhood: clapboard houses, chain-link fences. There is a statue of the Virgin Mary in one front yard; in another, a Halloween ghost waves in the wind.
October 12, 2012

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