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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:
Note that during the Covid-19 outbreak our meetings are held through a virtual platform.

2020–2021 Schedule

  • Happy Summer!
  • Sep. 5: Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our
  • 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
  • Jan. 2: Eli Maor, Music by the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg
  • Feb. 6: A.S. Barwich, Smellosophy: What the Nose Tells the Mind
  • Mar. 6: Michael Strevens, Knowledge Machine: How Irrationality Created Modern Science
  • Apr. 3: Joseph Mazur, The Clock Mirage: Our Myth of Measured Time
  • May 1: Nick Lane, Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World
  • Jun. 5: Paul Hoffman, The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos