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Philosophy exam is tomorrow, and I am reading up for it, and I am dreadfully bored. Or I was until I learned something interesting to me.

I was wrong when I assumed that both Harbert and Cyrus Smith studied in MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Harbert could, even though it's doubtful he was a regular student at 15. Cyrus Smith absolutely could not have though, because MIT was opened in 1861, only 4 years prior to the events described in Mysterious Island.


(I veered off there after reading about engineering, and that the famous French school for engineers, École polytechnique, was founded in 1794.)


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Завтра экзамен по философии, читаю к нему всякую ересь и умираю от скуки. Во всяком случае умирала, пока не накнулась на кое-что для себя интересное.

Я неправильно предположила, что и Герберт, и Сайрус Смит учились в MIT (Массачусетском технологическом институте). Герберт мог, скорее всего вольнослушателем, потому что ему было всего пятнадцать, а Сайрус Смит — никак нет, потому что MIT был основан 1861 году, всего за четыре года до событий, описанных в "Таинственном острове".


(А узнала я об этом, потому что читаю сейчас про инженерную деятельность, и про то, как в 1794 году была основана знаменитая Парижская политехническая школа, институт подготовки инженеров.)

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st_martin_a
May. 18th, 2016 04:01 pm (UTC)
Philosophy - that's what I teach.
There's a philosophy exam in the UK tomorrow too.
: )
kehlen_crow
May. 19th, 2016 02:34 pm (UTC)
Are you going to be one of the examiners? :)

And — do you work at a real school for children under the age of 18? Wow. The first time we studied philosophy was as freshmen at college. (For all the good that it did us even at that age, haha. I did not understand much at all.)
st_martin_a
May. 19th, 2016 10:55 pm (UTC)
I have been an examiner but not this year.
Yeah, I teach 11 - 19 year olds.
One thing I try to do is keep it simple/not overcomplicate it. : )
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