2013

The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World

Rosalind Williams

The Triumph of Human Empire explores the overarching historical event of our time: the rise and triumph of human empire, the apotheosis of the modern ambition to increase knowledge and power in order to achieve world domination, which Williams explores through the lives and works of three writers: Jules Verne, William Morris, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

2013

Science and the American Century: Readings from “Isis”

David Kaiser

The twentieth century was one of astonishing change in science, especially as pursued in the United States. Science and the American Century offers some of the most significant contributions to the study of the history of science, technology, and medicine during the twentiety century, all drawn from the pages of the journal Isis.

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.