Countless Connecting Threads
MIT’s History Revealed Through Its Most Evocative Objects
By Deborah G. Douglas with the assistance of Ariel Weinberg
Preface by L. Rafael Reif, Foreword by Susan Hockfield, Afterword by Thomas F. Peterson, Jr.
“… these countless connecting threads, woven into one indissoluble texture, form that ever-enlarging web which is the blended product of the world’s scientific and industrial activity.”
William Barton Rogers, 1860, Objects and Plan of an Institute of Technology
Inspired by an exhibition of 150 objects created by the MIT Museum to mark MIT’s sesquicentennial, this lavishly illustrated volume is a unique collection of visual and written meditations about the making and meaning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The story of MIT is more than a simple tale of a founder’s vision. It is greater than the sum of all the stories that have been or are yet to be told by the hundreds of thousands who have a direct personal connection with the Institute. Yet, with the assistance of the collective intelligence of the MIT community, the Museum was able to capture some of those “countless connecting threads.” Part history, part catalog, part souvenir, Countless Connecting Threads invites readers to (re)discover, through some of the Institute’s most evocative objects, the essence of the vast and varied tapestry that is MIT.
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