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

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

Why are workers getting smaller pieces of the pie?

Market concentration in the form of “superstar” firms has been lowering labor’s share of GDP in recent decades, a new study finds.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: social-sciences economics business-and-management research national-science-foundation-nsf sloan-school-of-management school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Why do banking crises occur?

In a new book, political scientist David Singer finds two key factors connected to financial-sector collapses around the globe.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: political-science banking finance books-and-authors faculty research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Design, power, and justice

In new book “Design Justice,” Associate Professor Sasha Costanza-Chock examines how to make technology work for more people in society.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
March 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: comparative-media-studieswriting faculty research books-and-authors diversity-and-inclusion technology-and-society school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences


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

Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

Improving the rate of handwashing at just 10 major airports could significantly slow the spread of a viral disease, researchers estimate.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research public-health civil-and-environmental-engineering disease health transportation influenza misti school-of-engineering school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

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

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