andrew liu

mollyyoungillo

do it yourself

independent study options at brown

Like most students here at Brown, I was drawn to this school for its Open Curriculum, excited by the prospect of being in control of crafting an education fueled by my passions. Now well into my second semester, though I’ve sampled some unforgettable courses, it seems I’ve committed to blindly plowing forward in the course…

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the value of simplicity

a conversation with the brown marching band

It has almost been one year since I last played music with a band. At the start of my freshman year, I made the difficult choice to drop music and set aside time for other pursuits, and up to now I had swept feelings of regret and treasured band memories to the back of my…

ClarissaLiu_Chess

forbidden fruit

a.i. bites off more than we can chew

In today’s computer age, there is a theory among the chess community that the game is dying: The current world champion doesn’t stand a chance against a chess engine installed on a smartphone, and everyday computers map out corners of the game’s theory that no grandmaster a century ago could comprehend. The most powerful supercomputers…

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Feeling Alive

Seeing through sickness

I’ve had enough sore throats in my life that I’m now able to distinguish between those that come from allergies or simply being run-down and those that are serious. Yet, no matter how closely I am acquainted with them, to this day nothing makes my mood dive south more than waking up with a sore…

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A Wooden Canvas

Fighting wars on chess boards

The diagram above shows the final position of a chess game between Adolf Anderssen and Lionel Kieseritzky, two of the strongest European players in the 1800s. Dubbed “The Immortal Game” in chess history, it is known as one of the most stunning ever played. At first glance, it seems that Anderssen’s army (the white side)…