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

Mesoamerican copper smelting technology aided colonial weaponry

Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: history social-sciences latin-america research metals mexico school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse

The complex effects of colonial rule in Indonesia

Evidence links Dutch-era sugar production and greater economic activity today.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history economics europe research asia global school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test

Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 9, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: history architecture 3-d-printing research school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering

The permanent struggle for liberty

Daron Acemoglu’s new book examines the battle between state and society, which occasionally produces liberal-democratic freedom.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 24, 2019 ~11 min

Tags: politics history research government school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty books-and-authors economic

How to make a book last for millennia

Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 6, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: history anthropology research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering middle-east

The politics of ugly buildings

In new book, MIT’s Timothy Hyde looks at the architectural controversies that have helped shape Britain.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 24, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: history architecture arts research school-of-architecture-and-planning faculty books-and-authors

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


How writing technology shaped classical thinking

Stephanie Frampton’s new book explores the written word in the Roman world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 8, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: history literature research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences faculty books-and-authors languages-and-writing

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