Fundamental Lenses

A compilation of things that Harvard faculty have told me they found formative in shaping their worldview, life and academic philosophies. In their words, a "fundamental lens" is something that shapes how one think about many fields and how you approach and choose problems to begin with, rather than an interesting factoid or method in a specific field.

What school can teach

  • Introduction to pure mathematics
  • Probability and statistics
  • A well-taught course on modern literature
  • Basic economics
  • Computer systems (operating systems, databases, compilers, etc)
  • Computational Complexity
  • What school cannot teach

  • How much to trust expertise