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 the discussion group moderator at:

2018–2019 Schedule

  • 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
  • Dec. 1: Sean Carroll, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  • Jan. 5: Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
  • Feb. 2: Simon Winchester, The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
  • Mar. 2 meeting cancelled
  • Apr. 6: Penny Le Couteur  and Jay Burreson, Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History
  • May 4: David Quammen and Jacques Roy, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life
  • Jun. 1: Who Are We and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
  • Happy summer!
  • Sep. 7: Jim Holt, When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought
  • Oct. 5: Sabine Hossenfelder, Lost in Math: How Beauty Leads Physics Astray