Mid-December is the peak of gift-buying season. Organized holiday shoppers are crossing the final names off of their lists while the last-minute buyers are just getting started. In an effort to help all shoppers, Slice of MIT is sharing a handy map of books from our friends at the MIT Press, the Institute’s academic publishing house.
Answering yes or no to a few simple questions—like “Are you a space buff?” or “Do you need a challenge?”—may set you on the right track to purchasing a gift for someone on your list or even you. (You’ve been good, right?)
Follow the map to the bottom then continue to reading to see which of these books are authored by MIT alumni and faculty.
Four of the books on the list have MIT-connected authors:
- Architect?: A Candid Guide to the Profession, third edition, by Roger K. Lewis ’64, March ’67, which was originally published in 1985 is one of the most well-known guide to the architectural profession.
- Bicycling Science, 3rd edition, by Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering David Gordon Wilson, which includes updates on recent experiments and achievements in human-powered transportation.
- The Innovator’s Hypothesis, by MIT Sloan research fellow Michael Schrage, which discusses how organizations can get the maximum possible value from their innovation investments.
- The Laws of Simplicity, by John Maeda ’89, SM ’89, former associate director of the MIT Media Lab. Laws offers ten laws for balancing simplicity and complexity in business, technology, and design.