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MIT Press
MIT Press logo (black).svg
Parent company Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Founded 1932; 86 years ago (1932)
Founder James R. Killian, Jr.
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Distribution TriLiteral (United States)
John Wiley & Sons (international)[1]
Publication types Books, Academic journals
Official website mitpress.mit.edu
Display of publications at conference booth in 2008
Display of publications at conference booth in 2008

The MIT Press is a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States).

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Books are more than just empty vessels that contain information. The way they were made tells us not only about technology and fabrication, but it also tells us about the users; the people who read them. And so, in an historical sense its an incredibly important set of insights into the cultural, and intellectual history of the period that we're studying with the students. If you really want to understand the kinds of things that have shaped the human experience they're never just of one type. They're never just physics or chemistry or history or literature. They're going to be all of those things put together and this class has offered our students, I think, a very tangible example of those boundary crossings at work. So there are three kinds of experiences that we've built into the syllabus for our students. The first is a typical set of discussions that we have in a history class. The second part of the class that we built in is the contact with the historical material. Going to the Rare Books Library, going to the MIT Museum and seeing the maps and engravings that are several hundred years old. The third part, if we think about this as mens et manus, hand and mind is the hand part. And there what we've asked the students to do is work in the Hobby Shop to build a replica of an Early Modern printing press, and also to experiment with the manufacture of paper. So in order to build the press we needed to come up with an appropriate design. We had made the decision it would be made out of wood. The wood itself is kind of interesting because we were reclaiming a timber from an old mill building in Clinton, MA. So it was, whats called, long-leaf pine. These are very large pieces of wood: ten by fourteens in cross-section. So the first thing that we did was to saw it up on the bandsaw and then surface it on the joiner and the thickness planer into the dimensions of pieces that we wanted. Most people here, find it really exciting to not just get to learn about something but to build it and to make it happen. And to get to the point where there are problems with it and have to problem solve. I very much see the value of having the students actually work with some craftsmen's tools. And do develop some appreciation for what it means to take a full beam, a log as it were, and turn it into pieces of wood that can be put together in a way that is stable enough to manage the pressure of actually dropping a heavy weight onto a platen so that an impression can be made. And until they actually try this themselves I think its very difficult for them to appreciate what's involved. There are tremendous mis- conceptions about how things are made. And the good thing about this is you really take them through the whole process and they really have an understanding after its done of what's involved. As opposed to what you imagine was involved. I think MIT students have an interest in preserving good forms of old technology and not just moving forward without looking back and what was good about the past. And being able to engage with history in the same way is really powerful for students here. More and more the students who come here have interests beyond the lab, beyond the virtual world and are able to engage with some of the deepest and most profound questions in humanistic study. They're not only builders, but they're artists as well. It's this rounded student whom I knew would have a wonderful time with this class and whom I would have a fantastic time teaching, and that's the way its played out.

Contents

History

The MIT Press traces its origins back to 1926 when MIT published under its own name a lecture series entitled Problems of Atomic Dynamics given by the visiting German physicist and later Nobel Prize winner, Max Born. Six years later, MIT's publishing operations were first formally instituted by the creation of an imprint called Technology Press in 1932. This imprint was founded by James R. Killian, Jr., at the time editor of MIT's alumni magazine and later to become MIT president. Technology Press published eight titles independently, then in 1937 entered into an arrangement with John Wiley & Sons in which Wiley took over marketing and editorial responsibilities. In 1962 the association with Wiley came to an end after a further 125 titles had been published. The press acquired its modern name after this separation, and has since functioned as an independent publishing house.[2]

A European marketing office was opened in 1969, and a Journals division was added in 1972. In the late 1970s, responding to changing economic conditions, the publisher narrowed the focus of their catalog to a few key areas, initially architecture, computer science and artificial intelligence, economics, and cognitive science. Other areas, such as technology and design, have been added since. A recent addition is environmental science.[2]

In January 2010 the MIT Press published its 9000th title,[2] and published about 200 books and 30 journals. In 2012 the Press celebrated its 50th anniversary, including publishing a commemorative booklet on paper and online.[3]

The press co-founded the distributor TriLiteral LLC with Yale University Press and Harvard University Press. TriLiteral was acquired by LSC Communications in 2018.[4]

Business

MIT Press primarily publishes academic titles in the fields of Art and Architecture; Visual and Cultural Studies; Cognitive Science; Philosophy; Linguistics; Computer Science; Economics; Finance and Business; Environmental Science; Political Science; Life Sciences; Neuroscience; New Media; and Science, Technology, and Society.[5]

The MIT Press is a distributor for such publishers as Zone Books[6] and Semiotext(e). In 2000, the MIT Press created CogNet, an online resource for the study of the brain and the cognitive sciences.[7] The MIT Press co-owns the distributor TriLiteral LLC with Harvard University Press and Yale University Press.[8]

In 1981 the MIT Press published its first book under the Bradford Books imprint, Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology by Daniel C. Dennett.

Retail outlet

The MIT Press also operates the MIT Press Bookstore[9] showcasing both its front and backlist titles, along with a large selection of complementary works from other academic and trade publishers. The retail storefront was formerly located next to a subway entrance to Kendall/MIT station in the heart of Kendall Square, but has been temporarily moved to 301 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a short distance north of the MIT Museum near Central Square. Once extensive construction around its former location is completed, the Bookstore is planned to be returned to a site adjacent to the subway entrance.

The Bookstore offers customized selections from the MIT Press at many conferences and symposia in the Boston area, and sponsors occasional lectures and book signings at MIT.[citation needed]

The Bookstore is also known for its periodic "Warehouse Sales" offering deep discounts on surplus, damaged, and returned books and journals from its own catalog, as well as remaindered books from other publishers.

MIT Press logo.svg

The Press uses a colophon or logo designed by its longtime design director, Muriel Cooper, in 1962.[10] The design is based on a highly-abstracted version of the lower-case letters "mitp", with the ascender of the "t" at the fifth stripe and the descender of the "p" at the sixth stripe the only differentiation.[11] It later served as an important reference point for the 2015 redesign of the MIT Media Lab logo by Pentagram.[10]

List of journals published by the MIT Press

The Arts and Humanities

Economics

International Affairs, History, and Political Science

Science and Technology

References

  1. ^ "How to Order". mit.edu.
  2. ^ a b c "History | The MIT Press". Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  3. ^ "50 Years of Influential Books and Journal Articles | The MIT Press".
  4. ^ "LSC Buys TriLiteral; Turner Purchases Gürze Books". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  5. ^ "MIT Press Catalogs".
  6. ^ "Zone Books". Zone Books. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  7. ^ "CogNet FAQ". Archived from the original on 2012-05-21.
  8. ^ "TriLiteral LLC • Book Distribution and Fulfillment Services". TriLiteral.
  9. ^ "The MIT Press Bookstore".
  10. ^ a b Stinson, Liz. "MIT Media Lab Gets a Transforming Logo, Courtesy of Pentagram".
  11. ^ http://www.aiga.org/medalist-murielcooper/ |AIGA profile of Muriel Cooper
  12. ^ "MIT Press Journals". MIT Press Journals. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  13. ^ "MIT Press Journals". MIT Press Journals. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  14. ^ "MIT Press Journals". MIT Press Journals. Retrieved 2018-07-21.

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