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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 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.

2022–2023 Schedule

  • Jun. 4: Lisa Jardine, The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London 
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 3: Ananyo Bhattacharya, The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann
  • Oct. 1: Peter Atkins, Atkins’ Molecules
  • Nov. 5: Jeremy Desilva, First Steps, How Upright Walking Made Us Human
  • Dec. 3: Don Norman, The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Jan 7: Lulu Miller, Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life
  • Feb. 4: Marcelo Gleiser, The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning
  • Mar. 4: Jackie Higgins, Sentient: How Animals Illuminate the Wonder of Our Human Senses
  • Apr. 1: Robert Hazen, Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything
  • May 6: Erik Asphaug, When the Earth Had Two Moons: Cannibal Planets, Icy Giants, Dirty Comets, Dreadful Orbits, and the Origins of the Night Sky