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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:

2018 Schedule

  • Jan. 6: Fred Piper and Sean Murphy, Cryptography: A Very Short Introduction
  • Feb. 3: Paul Halpern, The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality
  • Mar. 3: Jenny Uglow, The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World
  • Apr. 7: Nick Bostrom, Super Intelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • May 5: Stephen Jay Gould, The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox: Mending the Gap Between Science and the Humanities
  • Jun. 2: Simon Winchester, The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World​
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 8 (N.B. this is the second Saturday): Carlo Rovelli, The Order of Time
  • Oct. 6: Steven Weinberg, Third Thoughts
  • Nov. 3: Alan Jasanoff, The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are