ESP Biography



ANDREW LIN, MIT sophomore studying math and physics




Major: Math / Physics

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Past Classes

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W13919: Ruby Red Appreciation in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
ESP loves to drink juice. Come learn to appreciate the best juice: Ocean Spray Ruby Red!


M13943: Quick Mafs in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Imagine wowing your friends with how quickly you can square 175 in your head (30625), or figure out what day of the week January 12, 1999 (Paolo's birthday!) was (Tuesday). This class is focused on showing you all sorts of really cool math tricks!


A13966: The Music of Celeste in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Celeste is an indie game that first drew us in with its story and gaming and kept us thrilled with its amazing soundtrack. To us, its musical ideas are basically as innovative as our favorite classical music works, and that's something we'd like to share with you! In this class, we'll talk about why Celeste's music is so effective, as well as how a great soundtrack can make a (seemingly simple) platformer game unforgettable.


M13760: The Mathematics of Music in HSSP Spring 2020 (Feb. 29, 2020)
Why do musicians like 'thirds', 'fourths', and 'fifths'? Why does the same note played on a violin and a trombone sound so different? Are all pianos secretly out of tune? What is a polyrhythm? How can a trumpet produce all the notes with only three valves? Come learn about the *mathematics of music* behind all these questions. A little bit of music theory and math can go a long way in understanding the structure of music in a totally new way. Expect to do a lot of careful listening as you develop your musical mind!


M13135: The Mathematics of Music in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Music theory, in our eyes, is a way to understand the structure of music in a totally new way. Come to this class to learn why (secretly) all pianos are out of tune, why musicians care so much about "fifths" and "fourths" and "octaves," why a violin and a flute playing the same note sound different, and some other cool tricks musicians play behind-the-scenes!


W13606: Ruby Red Appreciation in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
ESP loves to drink juice. Come learn to appreciate the best juice: Ocean Spray Ruby Red!


A13670: The Music of Celeste in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Celeste is an indie game that first drew us in with its story and gaming and kept us thrilled with its amazing soundtrack. To us, its musical ideas are basically as innovative as my favorite classical music works, and that's something we'd like to share with you! In this class, we'll talk about why Celeste's music is so effective, as well as how a great soundtrack can make a (seemingly simple) platformer game unforgettable.


M12857: Quick Mafs in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Imagine wowing your friends with how quickly you can square 175 in your head (30625), or figure out what day of the week January 12, 1999 (Paolo's birthday!) was (Tuesday). This class is focused on showing you all sorts of really cool math tricks!


P13039: A Brief History of Physics in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Ever wonder how people thought about the world before Newton's apple? Curious how smashing atoms into each other today can tell us anything about the world? Come learn about how our knowledge of the laws around us has evolved over the past few thousand years!


H12875: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Series in HSSP Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
Explore a new topic in the realm of humanities, arts, and social sciences every week through engaging one-time lectures given by various different teachers.


X12876: Math and Science Lecture Series in HSSP Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
Explore a new topic in the realm of math and science every week through engaging one-time lectures given by various different teachers.


M12632: The Mathematics of Music in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Some fun facts: (1) Pianos used to be tuned in a way that made them sound good in certain keys and very odd in others. (2) When you play two notes on a violin, you can sometimes hear a third, fainter note in the background. (3) Out of all the possible ways to split an octave into parts, Western music has settled on twelve. What's the reason for all of this? Come to this class to learn about sound waves, Tartini tones, beats, and much more!


M12634: The Mathematics of Doodling in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
This is a class based off a paper of the same name. Draw a shape on your piece of paper, and then draw a curve tightly around it, as close as you can. After you’ve completed the loop, do it again. And again. And again. Does the shape get more circular, and how? We'll answer this and then extend to more topics in geometry, topology, and much, much more!