Books about MIT

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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

Carbon Queen

Maia Weinstock

2023-03-07

Boston in Transit

Steven Beaucher

2023-03-07

Salvador Luria

Rena Selya

2022-10-25

The Hub's Metropolis

James C. O'Connell, Albert LaFarge

2022-06-07

Where Futures Converge

Robert Buderi

2022-05-10

Born in Cambridge

Karen Weintraub, Michael Kuchta

2022-05-03

From the Basement to the Dome

Jean-Jacques Degroof, Bob Metcalfe

2021-09-07

A Widening Sphere

Philip N. Alexander

2021-08-03

The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist

Ben Barres, Nancy Hopkins

2020-10-20

Education Crossing Borders

Dara R. Fisher

2020-08-11

The Charisma Machine

Morgan G. Ames

2019-11-19

Centerbook

Elizabeth Goldring, Ellen Sebring, Gediminas Urbonas

2019-11-19

Gyorgy Kepes

John R. Blakinger

2019-06-25

Inventive Minds

Marvin Minsky, Cynthia Solomon, Xiao Xiao

2019-04-23

Mens et Mania

Samuel Jay Keyser, Lawrence S. Bacow

2019-02-26

March 4

Jonathan Allen, Kurt Gottfried

2019-02-19

The Mobile Workshop

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

2018-06-01

Norbert Wiener—A Life in Cybernetics

Norbert Wiener, Ronald R. Kline

2018-03-23

Portraits of Resilience

Daniel Jackson, David A. Karp

2017-11-16

Muriel Cooper

David Reinfurt, Robert Wiesenberger, Nicholas Negroponte, Lisa Strausfeld

2017-09-22

Designing MIT

Mark M. Jarzombek

2017-03-24

Building Old Cambridge

Susan E. Maycock, Charles M. Sullivan, Jill Lepore, William B. King

2016-11-04

Rebel Genius

Tara Abraham

2016-10-28

Inventing Atmospheric Science

James Rodger Fleming

2016-02-05

The Life Journey of an MIT Family

Joyce Wang

2014-11-21

Countless Connecting Threads

Deborah G. Douglas, Ariel Weinberg, L. Rafael Reif, Susan Hockfield, Thomas F., Peterson Jr.

2013-06-07

Becoming MIT

David Kaiser

2012-09-14

Pursuing the Endless Frontier

Charles M. Vest, Norman B Augustine

2011-09-30

Nightwork

Institute Historian T. F. Peterson, Eric Bender

2011-03-11

Imagining MIT

William J. Mitchell

2011-02-25

Learning to Communicate in Science and Engineering

Mya Poe, Neal Lerner, Jennifer Craig, James Paradis

2010-02-05

Fresh Pond

Jill Sinclair

2009-02-13

Mind and Hand

Julius A. Stratton, Loretta H. Mannix, Paul E. Gray, Catherine Stratton

2005-05-05

Building Stata

Nancy Joyce

2004-04-20

Jerry Wiesner, Scientist, Statesman, Humanist

Judy Rosenblith, Edward M. Kennedy

2003-12-05

MIT Campus Planning 1960–2000

O. Robert Simha

2003-05-29

Q.E.D.

John E. Burchard

2003-03-17

When MIT Was "Boston Tech"

Samuel C. Prescott

2003-03-17

Systematic Analysis of University Libraries

Jeffrey A. Raffel, Robert Shishko, Fred C. Ikle

2003-03-17

Technology and the Dream

Clarence G. Williams

2003-02-28

Inventing the Charles River

Karl Haglund

2002-11-22

The Idea Factory

Pepper White

2001-10-12

Holding the Center

Jacques W. Cremer

2001-08-24

From Whirlwind to MITRE

Kent C. Redmond, Thomas M. Smith

2000-10-10

Architects of the Information Society

Simson L. Garfinkel, Harold Abelson

1999-04-12

Reflections of the Dream, 1975–1994

Clarence G. Williams

1996-04-18

The View from Building 20

Ken Hale, Samuel Jay Keyser

1993-09-02

MIT

Kenneth R. Manning

1991-09-23

Artificial Intelligence at MIT

Patrick Henry Winston, Sarah Alexandra Shellard

1990-06-22

Cecil And Ida Green, Philanthropists Extraordinary

Robert R. Shrock

1989-06-22

A Century of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, 1882–1982

Karl L. Wildes, Nilo A. Lindgren

1985-05-20

A Photographic History of Cambridge

Patricia H. Rodgers, Charles M. Sullivan, Oscar Handlin

1984-11-21

Lifelong Cooperative Education

MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

1983-08-18

Geology at MIT 1865–1965

Robert Rakes Shrock

1982-09-23

Gyorgy Kepes

Gyorgy Kepes, Marjorie Supovitz

1978-06-15

Cambridge Reconsidered

S. B. Sutton

1976-12-15

Women in Science and Technology

Edith Ruina

1974-08-15

Women and the Scientific Professions

Jacquelyn A. Mattfeld, Carol E. Van Aken

1967-06-15

Guide to Cambridge Architecture

Robert Bell Rettig

1969-07-15

Exploring the Art and Science of Stopping Time

Harold E. Edgerton, James Sheldon

-0001-11-30

Project Nero

MIT Students' System Project, Harold R. Isaacs, James V. Carroll, John F. Neyhard

1967-04-15