Books published by Mit Press

Trap Door

Mit Press | February 21, 2018 | 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 | February 21, 2018 | 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 | February 21, 2018 | 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

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 | February 21, 2018 | 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 | February 21, 2018 | 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


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 | February 21, 2018 | 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

Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy

MIT Press | February 21, 2018 | 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

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

What IS Sex?

Mit Press | February 21, 2018 | 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


MIT Press | February 21, 2018 | 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 | February 21, 2018 | 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 | February 21, 2018 | 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 Unreliable Nation

Mit Press | February 21, 2018 | 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

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

Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine

MIT Press | February 21, 2018 | 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


MIT Press | February 21, 2018 | 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

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

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

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

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