50 Years of Influential Publishing

50 Years of Influential Publishing

This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MIT Press, a milestone that has us reflecting on the significance of our work. I hasten to add that “our work” refers to the efforts of a very large community of authors, book and journal editors, peer reviewers, researchers, freelancers, publishing partners, as well as current and former MIT Press staff.

The Invention of Heterosexual Culture

The Invention of Heterosexual Culture

October is LGBT History Month. We’ll be posting about a few of our related titles each Friday in October. Today’s post is an excerpt from The Invention of Heterosexual Culture by Louis-Georges Tin.

Atari 2600 Turns 35

Atari 2600 Turns 35

Happy 35th Birthday, Atari! Here’s a toast (in the form of an excerpt) from Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost’s Racing the Beam.

Understanding Pain

Understanding Pain

Pain is a biological enigma. It is protective, but not always. Its effects are not only sensory but also emotional. There is no way to measure it objectively, no test that comes back positive for pain; the only way a medical professional can gauge pain is by listening to the patient’s description of it. The idea of pain as a test of character or a punishment to be borne is changing; prevention and treatment of pain are increasingly important to researchers, clinicians, and patients. In honor of Pain Awareness Month, here’s an excerpt from Understanding Pain by Fernando Cervero. In Understanding Pain, Cervero explores the nature of pain: why it hurts and why some pain is good and some pain is bad.

Web Campaigning: “Politics as Usual?”

Web Campaigning: “Politics as Usual?”

September brings us another month closer to the 2012 election (where did summer go?). We’ll be posting election-related content each Tueday as we count down to Election Day. Today’s Election Tuesday post is by Steven M. Schneider and Kirsten A. Foot, authors of Web Campaigning, and explains how the use of the Web in political campaigns has changed (and also stayed the same) since the early 2000s.

Parents Day

Parents Day

Sunday, July 22nd is National Parents’ Day. In honor of parents, here is some economics-related parenting advice fromParentonomics, written by economist dad Joshua Gans, followed by a Twitter contest: