What Are You Reading this Summer?

by Amy Marcott on June 1, 2012 · 2 comments

in Alumni Life, Learning, Modern Geekhood

Slice asked MITers for reading recommendations. What did they have to say? Here are some of their suggestions followed by a small selection of new spring titles published by MIT Press.

What will you be reading this summer? Finished any good books you think alumni would enjoy? Share in the comments.

Space Chronicles book jacket

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
By Neil DeGrasse Tyson

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
By Siddhartha Mukherjee
(Features Professor Robert Weinberg ’64, PhD ’69, also of 7.012 fame.)

The Technologists
By Matthew Pearl

Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
By Tom Holland

The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy
By Daniel Yergin & Joseph Stanislaw

Chaos Walking trilogy
By Patrick Ness
(In the category of juvenile fiction that’s not just for juveniles.)

Once Upon a Car book jacket

Once Upon a Car by Bill Vlasic

Once Upon a Car: The Fall and Resurrection of America’s Big Three Auto Makers—GM, Ford, and Chrysler
By Bill Vlasic

By Hugh Howey

Any P.G. Wodehouse “Jeeves” story
(A couple titles are available free for Amazon Kindle.)

Recent MIT Press Releases

Alumni! Did you know you receive a 20% discount on any MIT Press title?

ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking by Eran Ben-Joseph

ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking by Eran Ben-Joseph

ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking
Eran Ben-Joseph
MIT Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning Eran Ben-Joseph shares a different vision for parking’s future.

Beyond Red and Blue:How Twelve Political Philosophies Shape American Debates
Peter S. Wenz
Wenz maps out twelve political philosophies–ranging from theocracy and free-market conservatism to feminism and cosmopolitanism–on which Americans draw when taking political positions.

The Future Was Here:The Commodore Amiga
Jimmy Maher
Maher argues that the Commodore Amiga 1000’s capacity to store and display color photographs, manipulate video (giving amateurs access to professional tools), and use recordings of real-world sound were the seeds of the digital media future.

Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children's Software by Mizuko Ito

Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software by Mizuko Ito

Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software
Mizuko Ito
The children’s software boom (and the bust that followed), says Ito, can be seen as a microcosm of the negotiations surrounding new technology, children, and education. The story she tells is both a testimonial to the transformative power of innovation and a cautionary tale about its limitations.

Effective Cycling, Seventh Edition
John Forester
An essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. Offers cyclists the info they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner.

Thanks to Catherine Gehrig de Chavez ’85, Laura Martini ’08, Michelle McKiernan ’89, Bruce Robert Mendelsohn, Chris Stow ’00, and Georgina Maldonado Yergin ’91.

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Millicent Curtis June 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Good afternoon everyone.

Right now im reading The Encyclopaedia of 5,000 Spells and Healing Oils of the Bible


Bruce Mendelsohn June 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Thanks for posting this list, Amy. Since I came to work at MIT four years ago, I have sought to read many books about the indispensable role of technology in history, society, and in our universe. The three books I suggested (Space Chronicles, Persian Fire, and Once Upon a Car) were particularly entertaining and educational. I hope others read and enjoy them as much as I did!


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