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  • Hippie days

    How a handful of countercultural scientists changed the course of physics in the 1970s and helped open up the frontier of quantum information.

    June 27, 2011
  • Wind, war and weathermen

    How a Swedish <em>bon vivant</em> let MIT introduce modern meteorology to America — just in time to help the Allies win World War II.

    June 7, 2011
  • A difference maker

    Vannevar Bush PhD ’16, a unique figure in American history, transformed his country’s scientific establishment during its wartime hour of need.

    February 16, 2011
  • 3 Questions: Evelyn Fox Keller on the nature-nurture debates

    In a new book, prominent historian of science dismisses the ‘unanswerable’ question of whether heredity or the environment matter more in human development.

    November 30, 2010
  • Galileo revisited: How ribbons roll

    In a twist on a classic experiment, MIT researchers discover how flexible cylinders behave when rolling down a slope.

    September 8, 2010
  • Their infinite wisdom

    An MIT historian of science uncovers the saga of the Russian scholars whose mysticism helped them redefine the concept of infinity

    December 14, 2009
  • Landing Apollo via Cambridge

    Former MIT Instrumentation Lab member recalls his contribution to the safe landing of Apollo 11 on the lunar surface.

    July 17, 2009

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