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The Idea Factory

Author : Pepper White
ISBN : 0262250365
Genre : Education
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This is a personal story of the educational process at one of the world's great technological universities. Pepper White entered MIT in 1981 and received his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1984. His account of his experiences, written in diary form, offers insight into graduate school life in general -- including the loneliness and even desperation that can result from the intense pressure to succeed -- and the purposes of engineering education in particular. The first professor White met at MIT told him that it did not really matter what he learned there, but that MIT would teach him how to think. This, then, is the story of how one student learned how to think. There have of course been changes at MIT since 1984, but its essence is still the same. White has added a new preface and concluding chapter to this edition to bring the story of his continuing education up to date.

The Idea Factory

Author : Jon Gertner
ISBN : 9780143122791
Genre : Business & Economics
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Highlights achievements of Bell Labs as a leading innovator, exploring the role of its highly educated employees in developing new technologies while considering the qualities of companies where innovation and development are most successful.

Mind And Hand

Author : Julius Adams Stratton
ISBN : 0262195240
Genre : Education
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The intellectual heritage of MIT: an account of "the flow of ideas" about science and education that shaped the Institute as it emerged and that inspires it today. The motto on the seal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Mens et Manus"--"mind and hand"--signals the Institute's dedication to what MIT founder William Barton Rogers called "the most earnest cooperation of intelligent culture with industrial pursuits." Mind and Hand traces the ideas about science and education that have shaped MIT and defined its mission--from the new science of the Enlightenment era and the ideals of representative democracy spurred by the Industrial Revolution to new theories on the nature and role of higher education in nineteenth-century America. MIT emerged in mid-century as an experiment in scientific and technical education, with its origins in the tension between these old and new ideas. Mind and Hand was undertaken by Julius Stratton after his retirement from the presidency of MIT and continued by Loretta Mannix after his death; Philip N. Alexander, of the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, stepped in to complete the project. The combined efforts of these three authors have given us what Julius Stratton envisioned--"a coherent account of the flow of ideas" from which MIT emerged.

Communism For Kids

Author : Bini Adamczak
ISBN : 9780262339490
Genre : Political Science
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Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism. Offering relief for many who have been numbed by Marxist exegesis and given headaches by the earnest pompousness of socialist politics, it presents political theory in the simple terms of a children's story, accompanied by illustrations of lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening.It all unfolds like a story, with jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced peasants, mean bosses, and tired workers--not to mention a Ouija board, a talking chair, and a big pot called "the state." Before they know it, readers are learning about the economic history of feudalism, class struggles in capitalism, different ideas of communism, and more. Finally, competition between two factories leads to a crisis that the workers attempt to solve in six different ways (most of them borrowed from historic models of communist or socialist change). Each attempt fails, since true communism is not so easy after all. But it's also not that hard. At last, the people take everything into their own hands and decide for themselves how to continue. Happy ending? Only the future will tell. With an epilogue that goes deeper into the theoretical issues behind the story, this book is perfect for all ages and all who desire a better world.

Speculative Everything

Author : Anthony Dunne
ISBN : 9780262019842
Genre : Art
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How to use design as a tool to create not only things but ideas, to speculate about possible futures.

Up The Infinite Corridor

Author : Fred Hapgood
ISBN : 0201626101
Genre : Education
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Mens Et Mania

Author : Samuel Jay Keyser
ISBN : 9780262015943
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Jay Keyser arrived at MIT in 1977 to head theDepartment of Linguistics andPhilosophy, he writes, he "felt like a fishthat had been introduced to water for the first time." AtMIT, acolleague grabbed him by the lapels to discuss dark matter; Noam Chomsky calledhim "boss"(double SOB spelled backward?); and engaging in conflictresolution made him feel like "a marriagecounselor trying to reconcile aunion between a Jehovah's witness and a vampire."In Mens et Mania,Keyserrecounts his academic and administrative adventures during a career of morethan thirty years.Keyserdescribes the administrative side of his MIT life, not only as department headbut also asAssociate Provost and Special Assistant to the Chancellor. Keyserhad to run a department ("budgetswere like horoscopes") andnegotiate student grievances -- from thelegality of showing Deep Throat ina dormitory to theuproar caused by the arrests of students for antiapartheid demonstrations.Keyseralso describes a visiting Japanese delegation horrified by the disrepairof the linguisticsdepartment offices (Chomsky tells them "Our motto is:Physically shabby. Intellectually firstclass."); convincing a studentnot to jump off the roof of the Green Building; and recent attempts tolook atMIT through a corporate lens. And he explains the special faculty-student bondat MIT: thefaculty sees the students as themselves thirty years earlier. Keyser observes that MIT is hard togetinto and even harder to leave, for faculty as well as for students. Writingabout retirement, Keyserquotes the song Groucho Marx sang in AnimalCrackers as he was leaving a party -- "Hello, I mustbegoing." Students famously say "Tech is hell." Keyser says,"It's been a helluva party." Thisentertaining andthought-provoking memoir will make readers glad that Keyser hasn'tquiteleft.

What Was Contemporary Art

Author : Richard Meyer
ISBN : 9780262135085
Genre : Art
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Meyer analyzes an undergraduate course taught by Alfred Barr at Wellesley College in 1927 as a key moment in the introduction of works by living artists into the discipline of art history, then turns to a series of exhibitions from the 1930s that put contemporary art in dialogue with premodern works ranging from prehistoric cave pictures to Italian Renaissance paintings. Meyer also treats the controversy that arose in 1948 over the decision by Boston's Institute of Modern Art to change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art. By retrieving moments in the history of once-current art, Meyer redefines "the contemporary" as a condition of being alive to and alongside other moments, artists, and objects.


Author : T. F. Peterson
ISBN : 0262661373
Genre : Computers
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Reed would die to work for Victoria McCoy--and she may get the chance to do just that Reed Monroe chose Salem University for one reason: the opportunity to study with Victoria McCoy, writer-in-residence and bestselling author of horror fiction. When she learns that a lingering illness is preventing McCoy from teaching any classes, Reed starts a fan club for other McCoy obsessives. Although it only attracts a few members, the club is her passion until she hears about the opportunity of a lifetime: Victoria McCoy is hiring a new assistant. It's a job that any horror fan would kill for. After she's hired, Reed learns that the position was open because the last assistant disappeared, and that every one of McCoy's employees has vanished mysteriously. To survive freshman year, Reed must confront the possibility that her idol might be a murderer. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Diane Hoh including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.

America S Food

Author : Harvey Blatt
ISBN : 9780262260459
Genre : Health & Fitness
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We don't think much about how food gets to our tables, or what had to happen to fill our supermarket's produce section with perfectly round red tomatoes and its meat counter with slabs of beautifully marbled steak. We don't realize that the meat in one fast-food hamburger may come from a thousand different cattle raised in five different countries. In fact, most of us have a fairly abstract understanding of what happens on a farm. In America's Food, Harvey Blatt gives us the specifics. He tells us, for example, that a third of the fruits and vegetables grown are discarded for purely aesthetic reasons; that the artificial fertilizers used to enrich our depleted soil contain poisonous heavy metals; that chickens who stand all day on wire in cages choose feed with pain-killing drugs over feed without them; and that the average American eats his or her body weight in food additives each year. Blatt also asks us to think about the consequences of eating food so far removed from agriculture; why unhealthy food is cheap; why there is an International Federation of Competitive Eating; what we don't want to know about how animals raised for meat live, die, and are butchered; whether people are even designed to be carnivorous; and why there is hunger when food production has increased so dramatically. America's Food describes the production of all types of food in the United States and the environmental and health problems associated with each. After taking us on a tour of the American food system -- not only the basic food groups but soil, grain farming, organic food, genetically modified food, food processing, and diet -- Blatt reminds us that we aren't powerless. Once we know the facts about food in America, we can change things by the choices we make as consumers, as voters, and as ethical human beings

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