The Gadget Maker by
Call Number: Library Storage Annex - Off Campus Collection PZ4.G854.Gad
"The Institute is not a playground where idlers in the guise of students may enjoy beer-guzzling, football-watching or classroom flirtations. It is a place of study," writes Maxwell Griffith, an MIT alum. "The curriculums are awesome compilations of required knowledge, purposefully back-breaking in order that the laggard, the dilettante and the mediocrity may be quickly exposed and packed off to the Princeton or Podunk U where he belongs" (42). The story of aeronautical engineer Stanley Brack's quest to build a guided missile for the Amalgamated Aircraft Corporation includes a lengthy section describing his undergraduate years at MIT in the 1940s.