Books published by Mit Press

The Unreliable Nation

Mit Press | August 18, 2017 | 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

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

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

Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine

MIT Press | August 18, 2017 | 336 pages
Maps are widely believed to be objective, and data-rich computer-made maps are iconic examples of digital knowledge. It is often claimed that digital maps, and rational boundaries, can solve political conflict. But in Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine, Jess Bier challenges the view that digital... 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

The Human Advantage

Mit Press | April 14, 2017 | 272 pages
Humans are awesome. Our brains are gigantic, seven times larger than they should be for the size of our bodies. The human brain uses 25% of all the energy the body requires each day. And it became enormous in a very short amount of time in evolution, allowing us to leave our cousins, the great... More Info

Information and Society

MIT Press | March 3, 2017 | 232 pages
A short, informal account of our ever-increasing dependence on a complex multiplicity of messages, records, documents, and data.  More Info

In the Swarm

MIT Press | April 7, 2017 | 104 pages
A prominent German thinker argues that -- contrary to "Twitter Revolution" cheerleading -- digital communication is destroying political discourse and political action.  More Info

On Hitler's Mein Kampf

MIT Press | April 7, 2017 | 88 pages
An examination of the narrative strategies employed in the most dangerous book of the twentieth century and a reflection on totalitarian literature.  More Info


MIT Press | August 18, 2017 | 240 pages
Consumers create a data trail by tapping their phones; businesses can tap into this trail to harness the power of the more than three trillion dollar mobile economy. According to Anindya Ghose, a global authority on the mobile economy, this two-way exchange can benefit both customers and... More Info

The Vanishing Middle Class

MIT Press | March 17, 2017 | 256 pages
Why the United States has developed an economy divided between rich and poor and how racism helped bring this about.  More Info

The Knowledge for Sale

MIT Press | February 10, 2017 | 176 pages
How free-market fundamentalists have shifted the focus of higher education to competition, metrics, consumer demand, and return on investment, and why we should change this.  More Info

Living Well Now and in the Future

MIT Press | January 22, 2017 | 312 pages
Most people acknowledge the profound importance of sustainability, but few can define it. We are ethically bound to live sustainably for the sake of future generations, but what does that mean? In this book Randall Curren, a philosopher, and Ellen Metzger, a scientist, clarify normative aspects of... More Info

What Algorithms Want

MIT Press | March 10, 2017 | 272 pages
The gap between theoretical ideas and messy reality, as seen in Neal Stephenson, Adam Smith, and Star Trek.  More Info

Communism for Kids

MIT Press | March 24, 2017 | 112 pages
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... More Info

Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community

MIT Press | April 14, 2017 | 192 pages
How countercultural communities have made the Internet meet their needs, subverting established norms of digital technology use.  More Info

The Digital Mind

MIT Press | March 17, 2017 | 344 pages
How developments in science and technology may enable the emergence of purely digital minds -- intelligent machines equal to or greater in power than the human brain.  More Info

The Agony of Eros

MIT Press | April 7, 2017 | 88 pages
An argument that love requires the courage to accept self-negation for the sake of discovering the Other.  More Info

Whole Earth Field Guide

Mit Press | September 23, 2016 | 288 pages
Anthology of 80 texts selected from the Last whole Earth catalog (1971).  More Info

Hate Spin

MIT Press | September 23, 2016 | 328 pages
How right-wing political entrepreneurs around the world use religious offense -- both given and taken -- to mobilize supporters and marginalize opponents.  More Info

The World Made Meme

MIT Press | September 30, 2016 | 272 pages
How memetic media -- aggregate texts that are collectively created, circulated, and transformed -- become a part of public conversations that shape broader cultural debates.  More Info


Mit Press | September 2, 2016 | 328 pages
In the year 2014, Google fired a shot heard all the way to Detroit. Google's newest driverless car had no steering wheel and no brakes. The message was clear: cars of the future will be born fully autonomous, with no human driver needed. In the coming decade, self-driving cars will hit the streets,... More Info

The Distracted Mind

Mit Press | September 16, 2016 | 304 pages
Most of us will freely admit that we are obsessed with our devices. We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask -- read work email, reply to a text, check Facebook, watch a video clip. Talk on the phone, send a text, drive a car. Enjoy family dinner with a glowing smartphone next to our plates.... More Info

Men, Machines, and Modern Times

Mit Press | August 19, 2016 | 344 pages
People have had trouble adapting to new technology ever since (perhaps) the inventor of the wheel had to explain that a wheelbarrow could carry more than a person. This little book by a celebrated MIT professor -- the fiftieth anniversary edition of a classic -- describes how we learn to live and... More Info

Impossible Languages

MIT Press | August 26, 2016 | 160 pages
An investigation into the possibility of impossible languages, searching for the indelible "fingerprint" of human language.  More Info

Streaming, Sharing, Stealing

MIT Press | August 5, 2016 | 232 pages
How big data is transforming the creative industries, and how those industries can use lessons from Netflix, Amazon, and Apple to fight back.  More Info


Mit Press | October 2, 2015 | 208 pages
The word "sustainability" has been connected to everything from a certain kind of economic development to corporate promises about improved supply sourcing. But despite the apparent ubiquity of the term, the concept of sustainability has come to mean a number of specific things. In this accessible... More Info


Mit Press | August 7, 2015 | 240 pages
Materiality has reappeared as a highly contested topic in recent art. Modernist criticism tended to privilege form over matter -- considering material as the essentialized basis of medium specificity -- and technically based approaches in art history reinforced connoisseurship through the science... More Info


Mit Press | August 21, 2015 | 144 pages
With Obfuscation, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum mean to start a revolution. They are calling us not to the barricades but to our computers, offering us ways to fight today's pervasive digital surveillance -- the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To... More Info

Becoming Fluent

MIT Press | August 7, 2015 | 248 pages
Adults who want to learn a foreign language are often discouraged because they believe they cannot acquire a language as easily as children. Once they begin to learn a language, adults may be further discouraged when they find the methods used to teach children don't seem to work for them. What is... More Info

Freud's Mexico

Mit Press | August 28, 2015 | 424 pages
Freud's Mexico is a completely unexpected contribution to Freud studies. Here, Ruben Gallo reveals Freud's previously undisclosed connections to a culture and a psychoanalytic tradition not often associated with him. This book bears detailed testimony to Freud's relationship to a country he never... More Info

The Neural Basis of Free Will

Mit Press | August 28, 2015 | 472 pages
The issues of mental causation, consciousness, and free will have vexed philosophers since Plato. In this book, Peter Tse examines these unresolved issues from a neuroscientific perspective. In contrast with philosophers who use logic rather than data to argue whether mental causation or... More Info

Digital Methods

Mit Press | August 28, 2015 | 280 pages
In Digital Methods, Richard Rogers proposes a methodological outlook for social and cultural scholarly research on the Web that seeks to move Internet research beyond the study of online culture. It is not a toolkit for Internet research, or operating instructions for a software package; it deals... More Info

Plastic Water

Mit Press | August 28, 2015 | 280 pages
How did branded bottles of water insinuate themselves into our daily lives? Why did water become an economic good -- no longer a common resource but a commercial product, in industry parlance a "fast moving consumer good," or FMCG? Plastic Water examines the processes behind this transformation. It... More Info

How to Write a Thesis

Mit Press | February 1, 2015 | 256 pages
By the time Umberto Eco published his best-selling novel The Name of the Rose, he was one of Italy's most celebrated intellectuals, a distinguished academic and the author of influential works on semiotics. Some years before that, in 1977, Eco published a little book for his students, How to Write... More Info

Ending the Fossil Fuel Era

MIT Press | May 22, 2015 | 392 pages
A provocative call for delegitimizing fossil fuels rather than accommodating them, accompanied by case studies from Ecuador to Appalachia and from Germany to Norway.  More Info

Dying in the Twenty-First Century

MIT Press | May 22, 2015 | 224 pages
Physicians, philosophers, and theologians consider how to address death and dying for a diverse population in a secularized century.  More Info

Atlas of Knowledge

Mit Press | March 13, 2015 | 224 pages
One of a series of three publications influenced by the travelling exhibit Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, curated by the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.  More Info

The Outsourcer

Mit Press | March 13, 2015 | 296 pages
Originally published as: The long revolution.  More Info

The Container Principle

Mit Press | February 27, 2015 | 416 pages
We live in a world organized around the container. Standardized twenty- and forty-foot shipping containers carry material goods across oceans and over land; provide shelter, office space, and storage capacity; inspire films, novels, metaphors, and paradigms. Today, TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit,... More Info

Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

MIT Press | December 26, 2014 | 296 pages
Originally published as a Special technical report # 11 in 1965.  More Info

The Minimalist Program: 20th Anniversary Edition

Mit Press | December 19, 2014 | 408 pages
In his foundational book, The Minimalist Program, published in 1995, Noam Chomsky offered a significant contribution to the generative tradition in linguistics. This twentieth-anniversary edition reissues this classic work with a new preface by the author. In four essays, Chomsky attempts to... More Info

Measuring Happiness

Mit Press | January 15, 2015 | 224 pages
Can money buy happiness? Is income a reliable measure for life satisfaction? In the West after World War II, happiness seemed inextricably connected to prosperity. Beginning in the 1960s, however, other values began to gain ground: peace, political participation, civil rights, environmentalism.  More Info

Groundless Grounds

MIT Press (MA) | January 10, 2014 | 354 pages
Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger are two of the most important--and two of the most difficult--philosophers of the twentieth century, indelibly influencing the course of continental and analytic philosophy, respectively. In Groundless Grounds, Lee Braver argues that the views of both... More Info

Reforming the Unreformable

Mit Press | August 29, 2014 | 216 pages
Corrupt, mismanaged, and seemingly hopeless: that's how the international community viewed Nigeria in the early 2000s. Then Nigeria implemented a sweeping set of economic and political changes and began to reform the unreformable. This book tells the story of how a dedicated and politically... More Info

Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets!

MIT Press | October 31, 2014 | 296 pages
For decades, social movements have vied for attention from the mainstream mass media -- newspapers, radio, and television. Today, many argue that social media power social movements, from the Egyptian revolution to Occupy Wall Street. Yet, as Sasha Costanza-Chock reports, community organizers know... More Info

Cold War Kitchen

Mit Press | August 18, 2017 | 415 pages
The kitchen as political symbol and material reality in the cold war years.  More Info

Understanding Beliefs

MIT Press | August 1, 2014 | 168 pages
Our beliefs constitute a large part of our knowledge of the world. We have beliefs about objects, about culture, about the past, and about the future. We have beliefs about other people, and we believe that they have beliefs as well. We use beliefs to predict, to explain, to create, to console, to... More Info

No Future for You

MIT Press | August 29, 2014 | 392 pages
There's never been a better time to be outside the consensus -- and if you don't believe it, then peer into these genre-defining essays from The Baffler, the magazine that's been blunting the cutting edge of American culture and politics for a quarter of a century. Here's Thomas Frank on the... More Info

Reality Mining

MIT Press | August 8, 2014 | 208 pages
Big Data is made up of lots of little data: numbers entered into cell phones, addresses entered into GPS devices, visits to websites, online purchases, ATM transactions, and any other activity that leaves a digital trail. Although the abuse of Big Data -- surveillance, spying, hacking -- has made... More Info