Skip to content Skip to navigation

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 discussion group moderator Scott Guthery at:
We offer meetings through a virtual platform and in-person with a hybrid connection. Please contact the group moderator with questions.

2021–2022 Schedule

  • Sep. 4: Jennifer Ackerman, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent, and Think
  • Oct. 2: Tim Gregory, Meteorite: How Stones From Outer Space Made Our World
  • Nov. 6: Roland Ennos, The Age of Wood: Our Most Useful Material and the Construction of Civilization
  • Dec. 4: Paul Sen, Einstein's Fridge: How the Difference Between Hot and Cold Explains the Universe
  • Jan 8 (N.B. this is the second Saturday): David Stipp, A Most Elegant Equation: Euler's Formula and the Beauty of Mathematics
  • Feb. 5: Carl Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics; Paul Nurse, What Is Life? Five Great Ideas in Biology
  • Mar. 5:  Caleb Scharf, The Ascent of Information: Books, Bits, Genes, Machines, and Life’s Unending Algorithm
  • Apr. 2: Virginia Postrel, The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World
  • May 7: Michael J. Benton and Bob Nicholls, Dinosaurs: New Visions of a Lost World
  • Jun. 4: Lisa Jardine, The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London