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Mathematics, Technology, & Society

The Mathematics, Technology & Society discussion group will meet the first Saturday of every month in the Coolidge Seminar Room (on 1G), from 10:30 a.m. to noon and will consider mathematics and technology topics from historical and social perspectives.
Participation is encouraged by anyone interested in the history and impact of technology — no mathematics or computing expertise is required. Each meeting will focus on a different topic and background reading.
For further information, please contact the discussion group moderator at:

2019–2020 Schedule

  • Oct. 5: Sabine Hossenfelder, Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
  • Nov. 2: Christof Koch, The Feeling of Life Itself. Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can’t Be Computed
  • Dec. 7: Timothy C. Winegard, The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator
  • Jan. 4: David Hockney and Martin Gayford, A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen
  • Feb. 1: Ian Stewart, Do Dice Play God? The Mathematics of Uncertainty
  • Mar. 7: Cathy Cobb and Harold Goldwhite, Creations Of Fire: Chemistry's Lively History From Alchemy To The Atomic Age
  • Apr. 4 meeting cancelled
  • May 2: Nathaniel Bradlee, History Introduction of Pure Water into the City of Boston ***Group will meet virtually***
  • Jun. 6: Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind ***Group will meet virtually***
  • Happy Summer!
  • Sep. 5: Jack Hartnell, Medieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages
  • Oct. 3: John McPhee, Basin and Range
  • Nov. 7: Naomi Oreskes, Stephen Macedo, et al. , Why Trust Science?
  • Dec. 5: Sean Carroll, Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime