Geniuses: Just Like Us!

I’ve described how smart my students are. Recently I had dinner with some of them.

ME Why did you decide to go to Tsinghua rather than Beida [Beijing University]?

ONE OF MY MOST BRILLIANT STUDENTS There are more boys here.

6 Responses to “Geniuses: Just Like Us!”

  1. Sam Says:

    Which actually is brilliant:
    probably the most important decision in their life is: with whom do they want to life with, who are your friends, your social network.
    And the most important of these will be your spouse, obviously.

    So it matters a lot to go where you have good chances to find a good match.

  2. Alex Chernavsky Says:

    Yeah, I think one of the best reasons to attend an elite university isn’t so much the quality of the education but the network of contacts that you can establish and that you can rely upon to help you during the rest of your life (witness George Bush at Yale [undergrad] and Harvard [grad]). The education itself is probably overpriced.

  3. gwern Says:

    Quite brilliant: why go where there is an oversupply of your gender?

  4. Sam Says:

    (of course we all think it’s a girl who said this)

  5. Seth Roberts Says:

    Yes it’s a girl who said this. I was less brilliant: I started college at Caltech, 90% male.

  6. Tom Says:

    Off-topic, but in line with one of your interests…a Dutch cardiologist and leading researcher of statin drugs (and who is co-author of over 500 papers), has been fired for fabricating data:

    (registration may be required to view)

    http://www.theheart.org/article/1315171.do