ESP Biography

DANIEL ACOSTA, MIT freshman studying math (and possibly cs).

Major: Math

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2023

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Well, this isn't a life story, but a cartoonish sketch of who you'll meet. As a preface, since all good works have prefaces, I am no marvel to look at or know. I merely have sought to learn and magically teach. I do not know why I wanted to teach in the first place. Perhaps it derives from a singular passion. As a curious fourth grader, I was usually around adults, and I heard the words algebra and calculus when I asked about higher maths. I asked my father for books on these topics, and I read Cliff Notes versions on them. I fell in love with math, mostly with its symbols and learning the techniques, but I didn't truly understand why the chapters progressed logically. When it came to high school, tl;dr, I founded the math team, found math problems to be more fulfilling than learning math at the time, and now intend to do research in math because of this other aspect of math: the beauty of math is the elegant path to the solution and the answers. Naturally, I love solving puzzles like doing origami and playing chess (which is mostly what I did in middle school). I also play the piano and believe there is some mysterious relation between a love for math and music, and my appeal to music and openness make me feel more than a cartoonish sketch.

Past Classes

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X13804: Tactical Combinations that Swap a 0-1 in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Tactics! Chess 99% is tactics and 1% perspiration. We'll be solving some really difficult tactics puzzles. At some point when solving tactics puzzles, you wonder "Hmmm, will I ever see those puzzles in my games? When should I look for tactics too?" WELL, this class will answer those questions.

X13778: 1001 Knights in HSSP Spring 2020 (Feb. 29, 2020)
Any chess player interested (which does not mean at least Class A chess players will find the course simple) will learn the holes in endgame knowledge that most good chess players have. From distant oppositions to dizzying triangulations to knight mates (well not really), students will have mastered basic to advanced endgame mating techniques and solidly understood the most important aspect of the game, for without understanding the endgame, middlegame strategy would be shapeless.