Unicycle novice, 1960s

Unicycle novice
Courtesy MIT Museum

A student learning to ride a unicycle at the Student Center, 1960s.

Universities are sometimes accused of turning out students on assembly lines. At MIT, a more appropriate metaphor is provided by the unicycle. Accomplishment depends on individual effort and dexterity. And professors have observed an increasing penchant for educational risk-taking--for choosing difficult challenges rather than the easy, prosaic way.

Francis E. Wylie, MIT in Perspective (Little, Brown & Company, 1975)

Timeline: 1960s
Career: Community
Object: Photograph
Collection: Critical Mass 1955-1968, Students