The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series

The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers accessible, concise, beautifully produced books on topics of current interest. Written by leading thinkers, the books in this series deliver expert overviews of subjects that range from the cultural and the historical to the scientific and the technical. In today’s era of instant information gratification, we have ready access to opinions, rationalizations, and superficial descriptions. Much harder to come by is the foundational knowledge that informs a principled understanding of the world. Essential Knowledge books fill that need. Synthesizing specialized subject matter for nonspecialists and engaging critical topics through fundamentals, each of these compact volumes offers readers a point of access to complex ideas.

Plastics

Imari Walker-Franklin, Jenna Jambeck

Aug 22, 2023

Cloud Computing

Nayan B. Ruparelia

Aug 01, 2023

Pragmatism

John R. Shook

May 02, 2023

Causal Inference

Paul R. Rosenbaum

Apr 04, 2023

Fertility Technology

Donna J. Drucker

Mar 07, 2023

Espionage

Kristie Macrakis

Feb 28, 2023

Memory

Fergus Craik, Larry Jacoby

Feb 14, 2023

Analog

Robert Hassan

Jan 03, 2023

Happiness

Tim Lomas

Jan 03, 2023

Placebos

Kathryn T Hall

Oct 04, 2022

Hunting

Jan E. Dizard, Mary Zeiss Stange

Oct 04, 2022

Whiteness

Martin Lund

Oct 04, 2022

Robot Ethics

Mark Coeckelbergh

Sep 06, 2022

Content

Kate Eichhorn

May 10, 2022

Neurolinguistics

Giosuè Baggio

May 10, 2022

Echo

Amit Pinchevski

May 10, 2022

Supernova

Or Graur

Feb 08, 2022

Nuclear Weapons

Mark Wolverton

Feb 01, 2022

Cybersecurity

Duane C. Wilson

Sep 14, 2021

Biofabrication

Ritu Raman

Sep 14, 2021

AI Assistants

Roberto Pieraccini

Sep 07, 2021

Death and Dying

Nicole Piemonte, Shawn Abreu

Sep 07, 2021

Deconstruction

David J. Gunkel

Sep 07, 2021

Gender(s)

Kathryn Bond Stockton

Aug 31, 2021

The Internet of Things

Samuel Greengard

Aug 24, 2021

Machine Learning

Ethem Alpaydın

Aug 17, 2021

Hate Speech

Caitlin Ring Carlson

Apr 06, 2021

Annotation

Remi H. Kalir, Antero Garcia

Apr 06, 2021

Science Fiction

Sherryl Vint

Feb 16, 2021

Ketamine

Bita Moghaddam

Feb 16, 2021

Recommendation Engines

Michael Schrage

Sep 01, 2020

Behavioral Insights

Michael Hallsworth, Elspeth Kirkman

Sep 01, 2020

Algorithms

Panos Louridas

Aug 18, 2020

Visual Culture

Alexis L. Boylan

Aug 11, 2020

Phenomenology

Chad Engelland

Aug 04, 2020

Anticorruption

Robert I. Rotberg

Jul 21, 2020

Cynicism

Ansgar Allen

Apr 14, 2020

Extraterrestrials

Wade Roush

Apr 07, 2020

Critical Thinking

Jonathan Haber

Apr 07, 2020

Contraception

Donna J. Drucker

Apr 07, 2020

AI Ethics

Mark Coeckelbergh

Apr 07, 2020

Macroeconomics

Felipe Larraín B.

Mar 17, 2020

fMRI

Peter A. Bandettini

Feb 25, 2020

Irony and Sarcasm

Roger Kreuz

Feb 18, 2020

Collaborative Society

Dariusz Jemielniak, Aleksandra Przegalinska

Feb 18, 2020

Spatial Computing

Shashi Shekhar, Pamela Vold

Feb 18, 2020

Smart Cities

Germaine Halegoua

Feb 18, 2020

Quantum Entanglement

Jed Brody

Feb 18, 2020

Citizenship

Dimitry Kochenov

Nov 12, 2019

Recycling

Finn Arne Jørgensen

Nov 12, 2019

Nihilism

Nolen Gertz

Sep 10, 2019

Deep Learning

John D. Kelleher

Sep 10, 2019

Fake Photos

Hany Farid

Sep 10, 2019

Virtual Reality

Samuel Greengard

Sep 10, 2019

Food

Fabio Parasecoli

May 21, 2019

Computational Thinking

Peter J. Denning, Matti Tedre

May 14, 2019

Sexual Consent

Milena Popova

May 07, 2019

3D Printing

John M. Jordan

Mar 12, 2019

GPS

Paul E. Ceruzzi

Nov 06, 2018

Spaceflight

Michael J. Neufeld

Oct 16, 2018

School Choice

David R. Garcia

Sep 18, 2018

Carbon Capture

Howard J. Herzog

Sep 11, 2018

Haptics

Lynette Jones

Sep 04, 2018

Extremism

J. M. Berger

Aug 28, 2018

The Book

Amaranth Borsuk

May 04, 2018

Data Science

John D. Kelleher, Brendan Tierney

Apr 13, 2018

Synesthesia

Richard E. Cytowic

Mar 09, 2018

Post-Truth

Lee McIntyre

Feb 16, 2018

The Future

Nick Montfort

Dec 08, 2017

Machine Translation

Thierry Poibeau

Sep 15, 2017

Information and Society

Michael Buckland

Mar 03, 2017

Robots

John M. Jordan

Oct 14, 2016

Machine Learning

Ethem Alpaydın

Oct 07, 2016

The Mind–Body Problem

Jonathan Westphal

Sep 30, 2016

Neuroplasticity

Moheb Costandi

Aug 19, 2016

Self-Tracking

Gina Neff, Dawn Nafus

Jun 24, 2016

Cloud Computing

Nayan B. Ruparelia

May 13, 2016

Auctions

Timothy P. Hubbard, Harry J. Paarsch

Jan 06, 2016

Metadata

Jeffrey Pomerantz

Nov 06, 2015

Sustainability

Kent E. Portney

Oct 09, 2015

The Technological Singularity

Murray Shanahan

Aug 07, 2015

The Internet of Things

Samuel Greengard

Mar 20, 2015

MOOCs

Jonathan Haber

Sep 26, 2014

Understanding Beliefs

Nils J. Nilsson

Aug 15, 2014

The Conscious Mind

Zoltan Torey

Aug 08, 2014

Free Will

Mark Balaguer

Feb 14, 2014

Paradox

Margaret Cuonzo

Feb 14, 2014

Memes in Digital Culture

Limor Shifman

Oct 04, 2013

Crowdsourcing

Daren C. Brabham

May 10, 2013

Waves

Fredric Raichlen

Oct 19, 2012

Open Access

Peter Suber

Jul 20, 2012

Computing

Paul E. Ceruzzi

Jun 15, 2012

Intellectual Property Strategy

John Palfrey

Oct 07, 2011

Information and the Modern Corporation

James W. Cortada

Oct 07, 2011