How growth of the scientific enterprise influenced a century of quantum physics

In a new book, Professor David Kaiser describes dramatic shifts in the history of an evolving discipline.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics history quantum-mechanics history-of-science research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences technology-and-society books-and-authors program-in-sts

The case for economics — by the numbers

A multidecade study shows economics increasingly overlaps with other disciplines, and has become more empirical in nature.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 3, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: economics social-sciences history-of-science research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences sloan-school-of-management

New science blooms after star researchers die, study finds

Deaths of prominent life scientists tend to be followed by a surge in highly cited research by newcomers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 29, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: economics history-of-science research sloan-school-of-management faculty national-science-foundation-nsf

Behind the scenes of the Apollo mission at MIT

From making the lunar landings possible to interpreting the meaning of the moon rocks, the Institute was a vital part of history.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 18, 2019 ~15 min

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MIT celebrates 50th anniversary of historic moon landing

Symposium featuring former astronauts and other Apollo mission luminaries examines the program’s legacy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 15, 2019 ~13 min

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Chernobyl: How bad was it?

A scholar’s book uncovers new material about the effects of the infamous nuclear meltdown.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 5, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: energy history history-of-science research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty technology-and-society books-and-authors program-in-sts nuclear-power-and-reactors

3 Questions: MIT goes interstellar with Voyager 2

MIT Kavli's John Richardson describes MIT's role in the historic passing of the Voyager 2 craft past the heliopause and into the interstellar medium.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Dec. 10, 2018 ~4 min

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3 Questions: Melissa Nobles and Craig Steven Wilder on the MIT and Legacy of Slavery project | MIT News

MIT Community Dialogue series is underway as multi-year research continues.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
April 30, 2018 ~11 min

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Featured video: MIT's meteorology pioneers | MIT News

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences honors trailblazing professors Jule Charney and Edward Lorenz with a tribute to their lives and legacies.

MIT News Office • mit
April 17, 2018 ~1 min

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