Books published by Mit Press


Double Jeopardy

MIT Press | May 28, 2019 | 288 pages
Making the case that we can use nuclear power to combat climate change even as we reduce the risks of nuclear terror. Humanity faces two existential threats: nuclear annihilation and catastrophic climate change. Both have human origins, and both are linked to the use of nuclear energy. Inherent in... More Info

Against Nature

Mit Press | August 20, 2019 | 96 pages
A pithy work of philosophical anthropology that explores why humans find moral orders in natural orders. Why have human beings, in many different cultures and epochs, looked to nature as a source of norms for human behavior? From ancient India and ancient Greece, medieval France and Enlightenment... More Info


Mit Press | August 20, 2019 | 232 pages
A consumer's guide to the food system, from local to global: our part as citizens in the interconnected networks, institutions, and organizations that enable our food choices. Everybody eats. We may even consider ourselves experts on the topic, or at least Instagram experts. But are we aware that... More Info

Sexual Consent

Mit Press | August 20, 2019 | 216 pages
An introduction to issues of sexual consent, covering key strands of feminist thought, how sexual consent is negotiated in practice, the influence of popular culture, and more. The #MeToo movement has focused public attention on the issue of sexual consent. People of all genders, from all walks of... More Info

Walter Benjamin Reimagined

Mit Press | August 20, 2019 | 184 pages
An illuminated tour of Walter Benjamin's ideas; a graphic translation; an encyclopedia of fragments. Walter Benjamin was a man of letters, an art critic, an essayist, a translator, a philosopher, a collector, and an urban flâneur. In his writings, he ambles, samples, and explores. With Walter... More Info

The Scientific Attitude

Mit Press | May 1, 2019 | 296 pages
Scientific method and the problem of demarcation -- Misconceptions about how science works -- The importance of the scientific attitude -- The scientific attitude need not solve the problem of demarcation -- Practical ways in which scientists embrace the scientific attitude -- How the scientific... More Info

The Digital Plenitude

Mit Press | August 20, 2019 | 232 pages
"There are two developments in the second half of the twentieth century have helped to define our media culture in the twenty-first. One is the rise of digital media: websites, videogames, social media, and mobile applications, as well as all the remediations of film, television, radio, and print... More Info

GMOs Decoded

MIT Press | March 12, 2019 | 216 pages
The debate over genetically modified organisms: health and safety concerns, environmental impact, and scientific opinions. Since they were introduced to the market in the late 1990s, GMOs (genetically modified organisms, including genetically modified crops), have been subject to a barrage of... More Info

Law as Refuge of Anarchy

MIT Press | April 2, 2019 | 232 pages
A study of communities in the Horn of Africa where reciprocity is a dominant social principle, offering a concrete countermodel to the hierarchical state. Over the course of history, people have developed many varieties of communal life; the state, with its hierarchical structure, is only one of... More Info

Spotify Teardown

MIT Press | February 19, 2019 | 288 pages
An innovative investigation of the inner workings of Spotify that traces the transformation of audio files into streamed experience. Spotify provides a streaming service that has been welcomed as disrupting the world of music. Yet such disruption always comes at a price. Spotify Teardown contests... More Info

The Importance of Small Decisions

MIT Press | March 12, 2019 | 160 pages
How people make decisions in an era of too much information and fake news. Humans originally evolved in a world of few choices. Prehistoric, preindustrial, and predigital eras required fewer decisions than today's all-access, always-on world of too much information. Economists have largely... More Info

Pioneers, Hidden Champions, Changemakers, and Underdogs

Mit Press | March 1, 2019 | 192 pages
An insider's view of China's under-the-radar, globally competitive innovators.  More Info

The Craft of Dying

MIT Press | April 23, 2019 | 168 pages
The fortieth-anniversary edition of a classic and prescient work on death and dying. Much of today's literature on end-of-life issues overlooks the importance of 1970s social movements in shaping our understanding of death, dying, and the dead body. This anniversary edition of Lyn Lofland's The... More Info

The Technology Fallacy

MIT Press | April 16, 2019 | 280 pages
Why an organization's response to digital disruption should focus on people and processes and not necessarily on technology. Digital technologies are disrupting organizations of every size and shape, leaving managers scrambling to find a technology fix that will help their organizations compete.... More Info

Publishing Manifestos

Mit Press | March 26, 2019 | 308 pages
Manifestos by artists, authors, editors, publishers, designers, zinesters explore publishing as artistic practice.  More Info

The Smart Enough City

MIT Press | April 9, 2019 | 240 pages
Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be “smart enough,” using technology to promote democracy and equity. Smart cities, where technology is used to solve every problem, are hailed as futuristic urban utopias. We are promised that apps, algorithms, and artificial... More Info

Taming the Sun

Mit Press | February 26, 2019 | 392 pages
How solar could spark a clean-energy transition through transformative innovation--creative financing, revolutionary technologies, and flexible energy systems. Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. What's... More Info

Food Routes

MIT Press | March 12, 2019 | 208 pages
Finding opportunities for innovation on the path between farmer and table. Even if we think we know a lot about good and healthy food—even if we buy organic, believe in slow food, and read Eater—we probably don't know much about how food gets to the table. What happens between the farm and the... More Info


Mit Press | March 12, 2019 | 536 pages
Case studies, personal accounts, and analysis show how to recognize and combat pseudoscience in a post-truth world. In a post-truth, fake news world, we are particularly susceptible to the claims of pseudoscience. When emotions and opinions are more widely disseminated than scientific findings, and... More Info

Ways of Hearing

MIT Press | April 9, 2019 | 136 pages
A writer-musician examines how the switch from analog to digital audio is changing our perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power. Our voices carry farther than ever before, thanks to digital media. But how are they being heard? In this book, Damon Krukowski examines how the switch from... More Info

Artificial Unintelligence

Mit Press | March 12, 2019 | 248 pages
A guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology and why we should never assume that computers always get it right. In Artificial Unintelligence, Meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted... More Info

How Change Happens

Mit Press | February 1, 2019 | 344 pages
The different ways that social change happens, from unleashing to nudging to social cascades. How does social change happen? When do social movements take off? Sexual harassment was once something that women had to endure; now a movement has risen up against it. White nationalist sentiments, on the... More Info

Scientists Under Surveillance

Mit Press | August 20, 2019 | 440 pages
"This is the second volume of FBI files produced by the MuckRock team. This one is focused on scientists and consists of documents from the FBI files obtained by over 4,000 Freedom of Information Act Requests made by the MuckRock team. Some of these documents are available elsewhere (by FOIA... More Info

Fables and Futures

MIT Press | March 19, 2019 | 240 pages
How new biomedical technologies—from prenatal testing to gene-editing techniques—require us to imagine who counts as human and what it means to belong. From next-generation prenatal tests, to virtual children, to the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, new biotechnologies grant us unprecedented... More Info

Critical Care

Mit Press | May 28, 2019 | 300 pages
How architecture and urbanism can help to care for and repair a broken planet: essays and illustrated case studies. Today, architecture and urbanism are capital-centric, speculation-driven, and investment-dominated. Many cannot afford housing. Austerity measures have taken a disastrous toll on... More Info

How Attention Works

MIT Press | March 12, 2019 | 152 pages
How we filter out what is irrelevant so we can focus on what we need to know. We are surrounded by a world rich with visual information, but we pay attention to very little of it, filtering out what is irrelevant so we can focus on what we think we need to know. Advertisers, web designers, and... More Info


Mit Press | February 26, 2019 | 208 pages
A new understanding of the Anthropocene that is based on mutual transformation with nature rather than control over nature. We have been told that we are living in the Anthropocene, a geological era shaped by humans rather than by nature. In Enlivenment, German philosopher Andreas Weber presents an... More Info

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

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


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

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 | August 20, 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 | August 20, 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

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

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

Mit Press | August 20, 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

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 | August 20, 2019 | 366 pages
A genuine Copernican turn in Kantian and Marxist theory and practice.  More Info