# Sanjoy Mahajan

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**Sanjoy Mahajan**, ^{[2]}

a British American physicist, mathematician, electrical engineer and computer scientist ^{[3]}. He is associate professor of applied science and engineering at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and visiting associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Before, he was a physics lecturer at the University of Cambridge, with interests in improving physics and mathematics teaching and in writing textbooks, supported by the Gatsby Charitable Trust.
Sanjoy Mahajan holds a B.Sc. in physics from Stanford University in 1990, and a Ph.D. in physics in 1998 from California Institute of Technology, where his advisors were Sterl Phinney, John Hopfield and Carver Mead. The thesis included theoretical biophysics, probabilistic number theory, and a draft textbook on order-of-magnitude physics ^{[4]}.
He is author of *Street-Fighting Mathematics* ^{[5]} and *The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering* ^{[6]}.

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# Bill

During the mid and late 80s, along with Kai-Fu Lee, Sanjoy Mahajan co-authored the at that time world class Othello program *Bill* ^{[7]},
initially written in Common Lisp at Carnegie Mellon University in 1985, in 1986 rewritten in C and in 2005 released under the GPL ^{[8]}.
*Bill 3.0* applied Bayesian learning of discriminant functions that automatically combines evaluation features ^{[9]} ^{[10]}.

# Selected Publications

^{[11]} ^{[12]}

## 1986 ...

- Kai-Fu Lee, Sanjoy Mahajan (
**1986**).*BILL: a table-based, knowledge-intensive othello program*. Technial Report CMU-CS-86-141, Carnegie Mellon University, pdf - Kai-Fu Lee, Sanjoy Mahajan (
**1988**).*A Pattern Classification Approach to Evaluation Function Learning*. Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 36, No. 1 - Kai-Fu Lee, Sanjoy Mahajan (
**1989**).*Corrective and Reinforcement Learning for Speaker-independent continuous Speech Recognition*. EUROSPEECH 1989

## 1990 ...

- Kai-Fu Lee, Sanjoy Mahajan (
**1990**).*The Development of a World Class Othello Program*. Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 43, No. 1 - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**1998**).*Order of Magnitude Physics - A Textbook with Applications to the Retinal Rod and to the Density of Prime Numbers*. Ph.D. thesis, California Institute of Technology, advisors Sterl Phinney, John Hopfield and Carver Mead, pdf

## 2000 ...

- Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2001**).*A Radical Experiment in Mathematics Teaching*. pdf - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2001**).*Physics students learn nothing, so try history of science*. pdf - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2001**).*Learning proof and questioning lies*. pdf - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2002**).*Estimating light bending using order-of-magnitude physics*. pdf - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2004**).*Physics Education Research: Or it’s so hard to find good help these days*. arXiv:physics/0405006 - Sanjoy Mahajan, David W. Hogg (
**2004**).*Introductory physics: The new scholasticism*. arXiv:physics/0412107 - Sanjoy Mahajan, Richard R. Hake (
**2005**).*Is it finally time for a physics counterpart of the Benezet–Berman math experiment of the 1930’s?*arXiv:physics/0512202v1^{[13]} - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2005**).*Estimating gas mileage: An example of order-of-magnitude physics*. arXiv:physics/0512209 - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2007**).*Teaching for transfer*. arXiv:0704.1854

## 2010 ...

- Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2010**).*Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving*. MIT Press^{[14]} - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2012**).*Numbersight: A Street-Fighting Mathematician Teaches How to Make Better Decisions*. Prometheus Publishing - Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2014**).*The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering*. MIT Press

# External Links

- Faculty Profile for Sanjoy Mahajan, Ph.D. | Olin College
- Sanjoy Mahajan's Home Page
- Sanjoy Mahajan @ Street-Fighting Mathematics
- Sanjoy Mahajan @ MIT

# References

- ↑ Sanjoy Mahajan @ Street-Fighting Mathematics
- ↑ Mahajan from Wikipedia
- ↑ Sanjoy Mahajan CV (pdf)
- ↑ Sanjoy Mahajan (
**1998**).*Order of Magnitude Physics - A Textbook with Applications to the Retinal Rod and to the Density of Prime Numbers*. Ph.D. thesis, California Institute of Technology, advisors Sterl Phinney, John Hopfield and Carver Mead, pdf - ↑ Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2010**).*Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving*. MIT Press - ↑ Sanjoy Mahajan (
**2014**).*The Art of Insight in Science and Engineering*. MIT Press - ↑ Kai-Fu Lee, Sanjoy Mahajan (
**1986**).*BILL: a table-based, knowledge-intensive othello program*. Technial Report CMU-CS-86-141, Carnegie Mellon University - ↑ BILL: An Othello program released under the GPL from Sanjoy Mahajan's Home Page
- ↑ Kai-Fu Lee (
**1986**).*A pattern classification approach to evaluation function learning*. Technial Report CMU-CS-86-173, Carnegie Mellon University - ↑ Bill from The strong learning Othello Programs, Machine Learning in Games by Jay Scott
- ↑ dblp: Sanjoy Mahajan
- ↑ Books By Sanjoy Mahajan, Amazon.com
- ↑ Benezet's experiment: A model for physics teaching by Sanjoy Mahajan, The Math Forum @ Drexel University, June 23, 2000
- ↑ Street-Fighting Mathematics