2011

How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival

David Kaiser

In the 1970s, an eccentric group of physicists in Berkeley, California, banded together to explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the “Fundamental Fysiks Group,” they pursued an audacious, speculative approach to physics, studying quantum entanglement in terms of Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading.

2010

Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision

David Kaiser

Becoming MIT examines a series of turning points, crucial decisions that helped to define MIT. Many of these issues have relevance today: the moral implications of defense contracts, the optimal balance between government funding and private investment, and the right combination of basic science, engineering, and humanistic scholarship in the curriculum.

2009

Simulation and Its Discontents

Sherry Turkle

Over the past twenty years, the technologies of simulation and visualization have changed our ways of looking at the world. In Simulation and Its Discontents, Sherry Turkle examines the now dominant medium of our working lives and finds that simulation has become its own sensibility.

2009

The Nature of Cities: Ecological Visions and the American Urban Professions, 1920-1960

Jennifer S. Light

The Nature of Cities offers a new understanding of the history of urban renewal in the United States in the rise and fall of the American conservation movement. The book brings together environmental and urban history to reveal how, over four decades, this ecological vision shaped the development of cities around the nation.

2008

Falling for Science

Sherry Turkle

“This is a book about science, technology, and love,” writes Sherry Turkle. In it, we learn how a love for science can start with a love for an object—a microscope, a modem, a mud pie, a pair of dice, a fishing rod.

2008

The Inner History of Devices

Sherry Turkle

For more than two decades, in such landmark studies as The Second Self and Life on the Screen, Sherry Turkle has challenged our collective imagination with her insights about how technology enters our private worlds.