Books published by MIT Press


Atlas of Poetic Botany

Mit Press | November 2, 2018 | 128 pages
Botanical encounters in the rainforest: trees that walk, a leaf as big as an awning, a plant that dances. This Atlas invites the reader to tour the farthest reaches of the rainforest in search of exotic--poetic--plant life. Guided in these botanical encounters by Francis Hallé, who has spent forty... More Info


MIT Press | November 6, 2018 | 232 pages
A concise history of GPS, from its military origins to its commercial applications and ubiquity in everyday life. GPS is ubiquitous in everyday life. GPS mapping is standard equipment in many new cars and geolocation services are embedded in smart phones. GPS makes Uber and Lyft possible;... More Info

The Autobiography of a Transgender Scientist

MIT Press | October 30, 2018 | 160 pages
A leading scientist describes his life, his gender transition, his scientific work, and his advocacy for gender equality in science. Ben Barres was known for his groundbreaking scientific work and for his groundbreaking advocacy for gender equality in science.  More Info

Butch Heroes

MIT Press | October 30, 2018 | 96 pages
Portraits and texts recover lost queer history: the lives of people who didn't conform to gender norms, from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries.  More Info

You'll see this message when it is too late

MIT Press | November 13, 2018 | 336 pages
What we can learn from the aftermath of cybersecurity breaches and how we can do a better job protecting online data. Cybersecurity incidents make the news with startling regularity. Each breach—the theft of 145.5 million Americans' information from Equifax, for example, or the Russian... More Info

How Smart Machines Think

MIT Press | October 30, 2018 | 312 pages
Everything you've always wanted to know about self-driving cars, Netflix recommendations, IBM's Watson, and video game-playing computer programs. The future is here: Self-driving cars are on the streets, an algorithm gives you movie and TV recommendations, IBM's Watson triumphed on Jeopardy over... More Info

The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas

MIT Press | December 4, 2018 | 208 pages
Provocative takes on cyberbullshit, smartphone zombies, instant gratification, the traffic school of the information highway, and other philosophical concerns of the Internet age. In The Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas, Roberto Simanowski wonders if we are on the brink of a society that... More Info

Beyond the Self

Mit Press | October 19, 2018 | 296 pages
Converging and diverging views on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, perception, meditation, and other topics. Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating... More Info

The Tales Teeth Tell

MIT Press | October 23, 2018 | 296 pages
What teeth can tell us about human evolution, development, and behavior. Our teeth have intriguing stories to tell. These sophisticated time machines record growth, diet, and evolutionary history as clearly as tree rings map a redwood's lifespan. Each day of childhood is etched into tooth crowns... More Info

The Deep Learning Revolution

MIT Press | October 23, 2018 | 352 pages
How deep learning—from Google Translate to driverless cars to personal cognitive assistants—is changing our lives and transforming every sector of the economy. The deep learning revolution has brought us driverless cars, the greatly improved Google Translate, fluent conversations with Siri and... More Info

The Broadcast 41

Mit Press | July 15, 2018 | 320 pages
How forty-one women--including Dorothy Parker, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Lena Horne--were forced out of American television and radio in the 1950s "Red Scare." At the dawn of the Cold War era, forty-one women working in American radio and television were placed on a media blacklist and forced from their... More Info

Understanding Ignorance

Mit Press | August 10, 2018 | 264 pages
An exploration of what we can know about what we don't know: why ignorance is more than simply a lack of knowledge. Ignorance is trending. Politicians boast, "I'm not a scientist." Angry citizens object to a proposed state motto because it is in Latin, and "This is America, not Mexico or Latin... More Info


Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 176 pages
How inclusive methods can build elegant design solutions that work for all. Sometimes designed objects reject their users: a computer mouse that doesn't work for left-handed people, for example, or a touchscreen payment system that only works for people who read English phrases, have 20/20 vision,... More Info

Slab City

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 192 pages
An architect and a photographer explore a community of squatters, artists, snowbirds, migrants, and survivalists inhabiting a former military base in the California desert. Under the unforgiving sun of southern California's Colorado Desert lies Slab City, a community of squatters, artists,... More Info

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 280 pages
Why the news about the global decline of infectious diseases is not all good. Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is... More Info

The Genius Checklist

MIT Press | October 2, 2018 | 336 pages
What it takes to be a genius: nine essential and contradictory ingredients. What does it take to be a genius? A high score on an IQ test? Brilliant physicist Richard Feynman's IQ was too low for membership in Mensa. Suffering from varying degrees of mental illness? Creativity is often considered a... More Info

What We Know about Climate Change

Mit Press | October 5, 2018 | 88 pages
An updated edition of a guide to the basic science of climate change, and a call to action. The vast majority of scientists agree that human activity has significantly increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere--most dramatically since the 1970s. Yet global warming skeptics and ill-informed... More Info

Writers Under Surveillance

Mit Press | August 31, 2018 | 416 pages
FBI files on writers with dangerous ideas, including Hannah Arendt, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Susan Sontag, and James Baldwin. Writers are dangerous. They have ideas. The proclivity of writers for ideas drove the FBI to investigate many of them--to watch them, follow them, start files on... More Info

Lifelong Kindergarten

Mit Press | August 10, 2018 | 208 pages
In today's kindergartens, children spend more time with math worksheets and phonics flashcards than building blocks and finger paint. Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. Here, learning expert Resnick argues for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life)... More Info


Mit Press | August 10, 2018 | 216 pages
How to educate the next generation of college students to invent, to create, and to discover--filling needs that even the most sophisticated robot cannot. Driverless cars are hitting the road, powered by artificial intelligence. Robots can climb stairs, open doors, win Jeopardy, analyze stocks,... More Info

Twelve Tomorrows

Mit Press | April 25, 2018 | 272 pages
Twelve visions of the future -- by turns hilarious, frightening, and relevant -- from new and established voices in science fiction. In this book, new and established voices in science fiction come together to offer original stories of the future. Ken Liu writes about a virtual currency that... More Info


MIT Press | February 9, 2018 | 240 pages
Are we living in a post-truth world, where "alternative facts" replace actual facts and feelings have more weight than evidence? How did we get here? In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Lee McIntyre traces the development of the post-truth phenomenon from science denial... More Info

Transcritique on Kant and Marx

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 366 pages
A genuine Copernican turn in Kantian and Marxist theory and practice.  More Info

Carceral Capitalism

MIT Press | February 16, 2018 | 360 pages
What we see happening in Ferguson and other cities around the country is not the creation of livable spaces, but the creation of living hells. When people are trapped in a cycle of debt it also can affect their subjectivity and how they temporally inhabit the world by making it difficult for them... More Info

Trap Door

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 448 pages
Essays, conversations, and archival investigations explore the paradoxes, limitations, and social ramifications of trans representation within contemporary culture. The increasing representation of trans identity throughout art and popular culture in recent years has been nothing if not... More Info


MIT Press | December 8, 2017 | 440 pages
When Brainstorms was published in 1978, the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science was just emerging. Daniel Dennett was a young scholar who wanted to get philosophers out of their armchairs -- and into conversations with psychologists, linguists, computer scientists. This collection of... More Info

The Dialogues

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 248 pages
"In this graphic book/novel, readers eavesdrop on conversations about contemporary science and learn about how scientists uncover the secrets of the universe. Topics in the book range from black holes, to the multiverse, to string theory, to food science. The book is structured as a set of 9... More Info

Portraits of Resilience

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 152 pages
Photographs and stories of people who have coped with and overcome depression, anxiety, trauma, and other challenges. More than 15 million Americans grapple with depression in a given year, and 40 million are affected by anxiety disorders. And yet these people are often invisible, hidden,... More Info


Mit Press | October 6, 2017 | 88 pages
Shanzhai is a Chinese neologism that means "fake," originally coined to describe knock-off cell phones marketed under such names as Nokir and Samsing. These cell phones were not crude forgeries but multifunctional, stylish, and as good as or better than the originals. Shanzhai has since spread into... More Info


Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 160 pages
Those who continue to think never return to their point of departure. -- Inconsistencies These 130 short texts -- aphoristic, interlacing, and sometimes perplexing -- target a perennial philosophical problem: Our consciousness and our experience of reality are inconsistent, fragmentary, and... More Info

Positive Nihilism

Mit Press | October 6, 2017 | 96 pages
There is a beyond of reason and unreason. It is the human psyche. -- Positive Nihilism Like many German intellectuals, Hartmut Lange has long grappled with Heidegger. Positive Nihilism is the result of a lifetime of reading Being and Time and offers a series of reflections that are aphoristic,... More Info

All and Nothing

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 104 pages
In the beginning was the Zero, and the Zero was with God, and God was the One. -- All and Nothing In 1854, the British mathematician George Boole presented the idea of a universe the elements of which could be understood in terms of the logic of absence and presence: 0 and 1, all and nothing -- the... More Info

Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 192 pages
Safe spaces, trigger warnings, microagressions, the disinvitation of speakers, demands to rename campus landmarks -- debate over these issues began in lecture halls and on college quads but ended up on op-ed pages in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, on cable news, and on social... More Info

Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy

MIT Press | April 22, 2019 | 386 pages
Concepts and their role in the evolution of modern environmental policy, with case studies of eleven influential concepts ranging from "environment" to "sustainable consumption." Concepts are thought categories through which we apprehend the world; they enable, but also constrain, reasoning and... More Info

Incontinence of the Void

MIT Press | September 29, 2017 | 400 pages
The "formidably brilliant" Zizek considers sexuality, ontology, subjectivity, and Marxian critiques of political economy by way of Lacanian psychoanalysis. If the most interesting theoretical interventions emerge today from the interspaces between fields, then the foremost interspaceman is Slavoj... More Info


Mit Press | September 15, 2017 | 328 pages
"Smart, wide-ranging, [and] nontechnical." -- Los Angeles Times "Anyone who wants to understand what's coming must read this fascinating book." -- Martin Ford , New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Robots In the year 2014, Google fired a shot heard all the way to Detroit. Google's... More Info


Mit Press | September 15, 2017 | 216 pages
"[A] thoughtful examination of the dilemmas this new weapon poses." -- Foreign Affairs Drones are changing the conduct of war. Deployed at presidential discretion, they can be used in regular war zones or to kill people in such countries as Yemen and Somalia, where the United States is not... More Info

Faster, Smarter, Greener

MIT Press | September 15, 2017 | 352 pages
The twentieth century was the century of the automobile; the twenty-first will see mobility dramatically re-envisioned. Automobiles altered cityscapes, boosted economies, and made personal mobility efficient and convenient for many. We had a century-long love affair with the car. But today, people... More Info

What IS Sex?

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 208 pages
Consider sublimation -- conventionally understood as a substitute satisfaction for missing sexual satisfaction. But what if, as Lacan claims, we can get exactly the same satisfaction that we get from sex from talking (or writing, painting, praying, or other activities)? The point is not to explain... More Info

Fracking the Neighborhood

Mit Press | August 11, 2017 | 216 pages
When natural gas drilling moves into an urban or a suburban neighborhood, a two-hundred-foot-high drill appears on the other side of a back yard fence and diesel trucks clog a quiet two-lane residential street. Children seem to be having more than the usual number of nosebleeds. There are so many... More Info

Recoding Gender

Mit Press | August 11, 2017 | 264 pages
Today, women earn a relatively low percentage of computer science degrees and hold proportionately few technical computing jobs. Meanwhile, the stereotype of the male "computer geek" seems to be everywhere in popular culture. Few people know that women were a significant presence in the early... More Info


MIT Press | April 22, 2019 | 216 pages
Driverless cars are hitting the road, powered by artificial intelligence. Robots can climb stairs, open doors, win Jeopardy, analyze stocks, work in factories, find parking spaces, advise oncologists. In the past, automation was considered a threat to low-skilled labor. Now, many high-skilled... More Info

A Brief History of Feminism

MIT Press | April 22, 2019 | 88 pages
The history of feminism? The right to vote, Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinem, white pantsuits? Oh, but there's so much more. And we need to know about it, especially now. In pithy text and pithier comics, A Brief History of Feminism engages us, educates us, makes us laugh, and makes us angry. It... More Info

Understanding Ignorance

MIT Press | April 22, 2019 | 264 pages
Ignorance is trending. Politicians boast, "I'm not a scientist." Angry citizens object to a proposed state motto because it is in Latin, and "This is America, not Mexico or Latin America." Lack of experience, not expertise, becomes a credential. Fake news and repeated falsehoods are accepted and... More Info

Buildings Must Die

Mit Press | August 4, 2017 | 312 pages
Buildings, although inanimate, are often assumed to have "life." And the architect, through the act of design, is assumed to be their conceiver and creator. But what of the "death" of buildings? What of the decay, deterioration, and destruction to which they are inevitably subject? And what might... More Info

For Fun and Profit

MIT Press | August 4, 2017 | 336 pages
The free and open source software movement, from its origins in hacker culture, through the development of GNU and Linux, to its commercial use today.  More Info

The Chinese Typewriter

Mit Press | August 4, 2017 | 480 pages
Chinese writing is character based, the one major world script that is neither alphabetic nor syllabic. Through the years, the Chinese written language encountered presumed alphabetic universalism in the form of Morse Code, Braille, stenography, Linotype, punch cards, word processing, and other... More Info

The Unreliable Nation

Mit Press | April 22, 2019 | 312 pages
Throughout the modern period, nations defined themselves through the relationship between nature and machines. Many cast themselves as a triumph of technology over the forces of climate, geography, and environment. Some, however, crafted a powerful alternative identity: they defined themselves not... More Info

Fascist Pigs

MIT Press | October 7, 2016 | 344 pages
How the breeding of new animals and plants was central to fascist regimes in Italy, Portugal, and Germany and to their imperial expansion.  More Info

I Love Dick

MIT Press | July 14, 2006 | 277 pages
A self-described failed filmmaker falls obsessively in love with her theorist-husband's colleague: a manifesto for a new kind of feminism and the power of first-person narration.  More Info