A genre-breaking exploration of curiosity and connection. An illustrated ode to Black culture and art. An investigation of snails and what they can tell us about extinction. Explore these and more of our new September releases.
MIT Press Humble Bundle raises over $16k for Girls Who Code
The promotion offered readers the opportunity to pay what they wanted for a bundle of MIT Press gaming-related books—including Game Wizards and Achievement Relocked—with proceeds supporting the national nonprofit.
Electrify shortlisted for getAbstract Award
Saul Griffith lays out a detailed blueprint—optimistic but feasible—for fighting climate change while creating millions of new jobs and a healthier environment: electrify everything. Already a winner of the Silver Medalist in Axiom Business Book Awards in Business Intelligence/Innovation, Electrify is one of the five shortlisted titles for the getAbstract International Book Award, 2022.
How many degrees separate you from a hacker?
In The Weakest Link, cybersecurity expert Arun Vishwanath offers a new, evidence-based approach for detecting and defending against phishing—an approach that doesn’t rely on continual training and retraining but provides a way to diagnose user vulnerability. And while many of us have played the parlor game that connects Kevin Bacon to another actor in six steps or less, have you ever stopped to consider how far removed you might be from a hacker?
Spotlight: The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Whiteness by Martin Lund
In his urgent contribution to MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Martin Lund examines the socially constructed phenomenon of whiteness, tracing its creation, its changing formation, and its power to privilege and protect people who are perceived as white. Whiteness is not one single idea but a shifting, overarching category, a flexible cluster of historically, culturally, and geographically contingent ideals and standards that enable systems of hierarchical classification. Lund studies words used to talk about whiteness, from white privilege to white fragility; the intersections of whiteness with race, class, and gender; whiteness in popular culture; and such ideas as “colorblindness” and “reverse racism,” which, he argues, actually uphold whiteness.
The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers accessible, concise, beautifully produced books on topics of current interest. Written by leading thinkers, the books in this series deliver expert overviews of subjects that range from the cultural and the historical to the scientific and the technical.