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Hardcover | $60.00 X | £44.95 | ISBN: 9780262195249 | 792 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 80 illus.| May 2005
eBook | $42.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262253512 | 792 pp. | 80 illus.| May 2005

Mind and Hand

The Birth of MIT
Foreword by Paul E. Gray

About the Authors

Julius A. Stratton (1902-1994) was an MIT student, a faculty member, provost, chancellor, and Institute president from 1959 to 1966.

Loretta H. Mannix was Dr. Julius Stratton's administrative assistant at MIT.


“This sweeping account of MIT's origins and earliest days captures the essence of a very special institution—its spirit of inquiry, innovation, openness, integrity, and academic excellence. As we face the opportunities and challenges of change that lie ahead, we have much to learn from this story of the Institute's emergence in response to unmet educational, technical, and industrial needs in mid-nineteenth century America.”
Susan Hockfield, President, MIT
“A labor of sustained love and deep learning, Mind and Hand unearths MIT's rich multiple roots in the polytechnic models of France, the aspirations of the mid-nineteenth century's rising industrial technologists, the boosters of Boston, and the vision of its founders for science-based technical education. More than that, it is a kind of users manual for its time an insider's history of what it took to create and develop this urban university, including fund-raising and faculty recruitment, land acquisition and community support, and the friendly, creative competition with that other educational institution down the Charles River. Mind and Hand reveals just how much the MIT of today is mirrored in the story of its birth.”
Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor of History, Yale University
“"Of all the innovations MIT has produced, none has been more influential than MIT itself, as the model for a new kind of technically-oriented higher education. This book is full of lively human details about the faculty and students of the early Institute, but its greatest strength is to put the story of MIT's founding in the larger context of regional, American, and world history. A readable and indispensable introduction to the origins -- and still emerging destiny -- of MIT."--Rosalind Williams, Director, Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT”