Becoming MIT

Becoming MIT

Moments of Decision

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How did MIT become MIT? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology marks the 150thanniversary of its founding in 2011. Over the years, MIT has lived by its motto, "Mens etManus" ("Mind and Hand"), dedicating itself to the pursuit of knowledge and itsapplication to real-world problems. MIT has produced leading scholars in fields ranging fromaeronautics to economics, invented entire academic disciplines, and transformed ideas intomarket-ready devices. This book examines a series of turning points, crucial decisions that helpeddefine MIT. Many of these issues have relevance today: the moral implications of defense contracts,the optimal balance between government funding and private investment, and the right combination ofbasic science, engineering, and humanistic scholarship in the curriculum.

Chapters describe the educational vison and fund-raising acumen of founderWilliam Barton Rogers (MIT was among the earliest recipients of land grant funding); MIT'srelationship with Harvard--its rival, doppelgänger, and, for a brief moment, degree-conferringpartner; the battle between pure science and industrial sponsorship in the early twentieth century;MIT's rapid expansion during World War II because of defense work and military training courses; theconflict between Cold War gadgetry and the humanities; protests over defense contracts at the heightof the Vietnam War; the uproar in the local community over the perceived riskiness of recombinantDNA research; and the measures taken to reverse years of institutionalized discrimination againstwomen scientists.


The evolution of MIT, as seen in a series of crucial decisions over theyears.



Blackwell Publishing
"Becoming MIT is a gem for anyone interested in American science, technology, history, or higher education. By exploring eight critical moments of institutional decision, this brief but eloquent book chronicles the evolution of MIT and its dynamic, out of proportion impact on industry, defense, and higher education. From the machine age to the biotechnology era, the people of MIT have both driven and reflected the challenges and changing nature of American society.,Charles Vest MIT President Emeritus

"Becoming MIT casts new light on how, through technology, industry, and fundamental science, this institution became the powerhouse it is today. But the book does far more, it unflinchingly looks at MIT's direct confrontation with issues of science and war, science and public policy, and gender inequity in the halls of the Institute itself. A remarkable study of an astonishing university.",Peter Galison Joseph Pellegrino University Professor In History Of Science And Physics, Harvard University

How did MIT become MIT? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology marks the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2011. Over the years, MIT has lived by its motto, "Mens et Manus" ("Mind and Hand",, dedicating itself to the pursuit of knowledge and its application to real world problems. MIT has produced leading scholars in fields ranging from aeronautics to economics, invented entire academic disciplines, and transformed ideas into market ready devices. This book examines a series of turning points, crucial decisions that helped define MIT. Many of these issues have relevance today: the moral implications of defense contracts; the optimal balance between government funding and private investment; and the right combination of basic science, engineering, and humanistic scholarship in the curriculum.

Chapters describe the educational vision and fundraising acumen of founder William Barton Rogers (MIT was among the earliest recipients of land grant funding,; MIT's relationship with Harvard, its rival, doppelganger, and, for a brief moment, degree conferring partner; the battle between pure science and industrial sponsorship in the early twentieth century; MIT's rapid expansion during World War II because of defense work and military training courses; the conflict between Cold War gadgetry and the humanities; protests over defense contracts at the height of the Vietnam War; the uproar in the local community over the perceived riskiness of recombinant DNA research; and the measures taken to reverse years of institutionalized discrimination against women scientists.

David Kaiser is Associate Professor in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and a Lecturer in the Department of Physics at MIT.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. :, MIT Press
Copyright Date: c2010
ISBN: 9780262289535
0262289539
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (vi, 207 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Kaiser, David - Author

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