ESP Biography



HELEN READ, MIT Freshman trying to figure out a major




Major: Mechanical Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Past Classes

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M13948: Ramsey Theory in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
How many people do you need to put in a room to make sure four of them are either all friends or all strangers? Why does anyone care about numbers like Graham's Number, which way are too big to have any physical relevance? Ramsey theory is the study of how particular structures always emerge in sufficiently large clusters of randomness. Learn the answers to these questions and more!


M13775: The Gadget Framework: Which types of changing mazes can simulate each other? in HSSP Spring 2020 (Feb. 29, 2020)
This class will feel like solving a sequence of open-ended puzzles. You'll work with other students to solve these puzzles, and sometimes give mathematical arguments as to why they can't be solved. Imagine you're in a maze, but tunnels open and close based on your movement. For example, maybe there are two tunnels which can only be passed in one direction, and when you go across either one they both flip direction (we call this a "2-toggle"). Or maybe every time you go across a certain tunnel in either direction, another tunnel switches between open and closed (we call this "tripwire lock"). It's possible to put together several 2-toggles to construct something which behaves like a tripwire lock. It's also possible to use several tripwire locks to build a 2-toggle. In this class, we'll investigate which "gadgets" can simulate other gadgets. We'll play with lots of gadgets, including the 2-toggle and tripwire lock, and see what they can build. In some cases, we'll prove that certain gadgets can't simulate certain other gadgets. We might even find general-purpose simulations, showing that a particular gadget can simulate every possible gadget (or every gadget with some property). This will be a hands-on class, mostly focusing on you finding simulations for yourselves.


M13393: What's a field? Basic Algebraic Structures in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
What's a field and why are they so nice? We'll discuss that properties that define a field, and go over some examples and nonexamples. (Fields are important in the field of algebra and are sets where addition/subtraction/mult/division work as you expect)


H12920: How to make your own writing system! in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
Have you ever wanted to create a secret code that only you and your friends can read? Do you want to make a fancy script for your fantasy world? Do you just like writing systems? In this one hour class, we'll discuss the different writing systems of the world before delving into making a unique way of writing English! (or another language or conlang if that applies)


L12573: How to make your own writing system! in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Have you ever wanted to create a secret code that only you and your friends can read? Do you want to make a fancy script for your fantasy world? Do you just like writing systems? In this one hour class, we'll discuss the different writing systems of the world before delving into making a unique way of writing English! (or another language or conlang if that applies)


H12214: How to make your own writing system! in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
If you've ever wanted to create a secret code that only you and your friends can read? Do you want to make a fancy script for your fantasy world? Do you just like writing systems? In this one hour class, we'll discuss the different writing systems of the world before delving into making a unique way of writing English! (or another language or conlang if that applies)


L11740: How to make your own language in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
Learn how to construct your own personal language, from phonetics to grammar! A basic intro to IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) will be included, as well as how to get started, and good features to include, as well as ways to avoid a copy of English or a "kitchen sink" conlang.


L11742: How to make your own writing system! in Splash 2017 (Nov. 18 - 19, 2017)
If you've ever wanted to create a secret code that only you and your friends can read? Do you want to make a fancy script for your fantasy world? Do you just like writing systems? In this one hour class, we'll discuss the different writing systems of the world before delving into making a unique way of writing English! (or another language or conlang if that applies)


H11336: How to make your own writing system! in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
If you've ever wanted to create a secret code that only you and your friends can read? Do you want to make a fancy script for your fantasy world? Do you just like writing systems? In this one hour class, we'll discuss the different writing systems of the world before delving into making a unique way of writing English! (or another language or conlang if that applies)


L10642: How to make your own language in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Learn how to construct your own personal language, from phonetics to grammar! A basic intro to IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) will be included, as well as how to get started, and good features to include, as well as ways to avoid a copy of English or a "kitchen sink" conlang.


W10884: Hamiltunes and Hors d'oeuvres in Splash 2016 (Nov. 19 - 20, 2016)
Like singing along to Hamilton? Like snacks? Come join us while we talk less, sing more, and munch on hors d'oeuvres non-stop.