People, spaces, ideas
While the MIT Press is perhaps best known internationally for our field-defining academic work, some of our most special and personal titles are the ones that bring MIT's people, spaces, and unique culture to the world, and to our wide network of alumni and supporters.
Like any institution, MIT is defined by our people—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who have each left an indelible mark on our campus. Our books delve deep into these stories with biographies of Nobel prize-winning biologist Salvador Luria or nanotech pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus, as well as books like Technology and the Dream which collects personal reflections of the Black experience at MIT or Portraits of Resilience which explores mental health in a competitive and high-pressure environment like MIT.
The MIT campus is renowned for its architectural details—from the topsy-turvy jigsaw puzzle that is the Stata Center to the world-famous mixing bowl of the infinite corridor to the meditative beauty of the campus chapel—so it is unsurprising that many of our MIT books focus on the campus as a physical space. But we also pull back the lens to explore MIT's proximity and partnerships with the broader community of Kendall Square, “the most innovative square mile on the planet," with books like Where Futures Converge by Bob Buderi and Born in Cambridge by Karen Weintraub and Michael Kuchta.
Lastly, our books memorialize the history and moments that transform a university campus into a remarkable experience. March 4 captures the zeitgeist and speeches of an anti-war protest on campus and Nightwork shares the history of MIT's most famous and colorful pranks; while books like Muriel Cooper and Countless Connecting Threads highlight the design and physical objects that are the hallmark of MIT's visual culture.
Enjoy this selection of recent works about MIT's people, places, and ideas.
"They say that the longer a couple are married the more they come to resemble one another. That is certainly true of MIT Press and the Institute. MIT is constantly pushing back the boundaries of knowledge. MIT Press is constantly expanding what it means to be a university press.”
Jay Keyser, Peter de Florez Emeritus Professor in MIT's Department of Linguistics and editor-in-chief of Linguistic Inquiry