Celebrate National Library Week: Question Authority

Celebrate National Library Week: Question Authority

This year’s National Library Week (April 14-20) theme is “Communities matter @ your library.” In this vein, we’re celebrating with a guest post from R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship. Here, he explains that the true collection of any library is not on the stacks, but in the community itself.

Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday

Leonardo da Vinci’s Birthday

Everyone knows April 15th is Tax Day, but did you also know that it is Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday? To help us commemorate this important artist, engineer, and thinker’s birthday, we have thoughts from David Nye, winner of the 2005 Leonardo da Vinci Medal given by The Society of the History of Technology. Nye is the author of several MIT books, including: Electrifying America, When the Lights Went Out, and recently, America’s Assembly Line.

Essential Knowledge

Essential Knowledge

We’re almost halfway through National Poetry Month! Stay tuned–we’ve still got a lot of poetry to share with you. Here’s another clever staff haiku:

Progress in Autism Research

Progress in Autism Research

To celebrate National Autism Awareness Month, here’s a guest post from Paul H. Patterson, author of Infectious Behavior: Brain-Immune Connections in Autism, Schizophrenia, and Depression. He explains how autism research has changed since the book came out in 2011.

Friz Quadrata

Friz Quadrata

Today’s haiku, about the MIT Press colophon, is from a fan!

National Robotics Week: Mars Exploration Rover

National Robotics Week: Mars Exploration Rover

Our first post for National Robotics Week was a guest post from the author of  Robot Futures, Illah Nourbakhsh. The second post is a Q & A from Working On Mars author William Clancey. This is the first of two posts.

National Robotics Week: Drones

National Robotics Week: Drones

April 6th through the 14th is National Robotics Week. The first of three posts comes from Illah Nourbakhsh, author of the recently released, Robot Futures.

Q&A with Vincent Katz about Black Mountain College

Q&A with Vincent Katz about Black Mountain College

Happy Wednesday! Here’s our Q&A with Vincent Katz, editor of  Black Mountain College: Experiment in Art. Unavailable for several years, this generously illustrated book documents the most successful experiment in the history of American arts education. Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, and curator based in New York City.

Pac-Man and Blinky Hack

Pac-Man and Blinky Hack

At MIT, practical jokes aren’t reserved for April Fools’ Day–students “hack” throughout the year. A “hack” is an ingenious, benign, and anonymous prank or practical joke, usually requiring engineering or scientific expertise and often pulled under the cover of darkness. Nick Montfort, author of several books, including Twisty Little Passages and 10 PRINT, and Associate Professor of Digital Media here at MIT, comments on the recent “Pac-Man and Blinky on the Great Dome” hack.