Mathematics of Big Data @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Jeremy Kepner to the bookstore to discuss his book, Mathematics of Big Data: Spreadsheets, Databases, Matrices, and Graphs. This is the first book to present the common mathematical foundations of big data analysis across a range of applications and technologies.





Jeremy Kepner is an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow, Founder and Head of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, and Research Affiliate in MIT’s Mathematics Department.

Cass R. Sunstein: The Cost-Benefit Revolution @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


MIT Press Bookstore welcomes Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walsmley University Professor at Harvard Law School, to the bookstore to discuss his latest book, The Cost-Benefit Revolution. Drawing on behavioral economics and his well-known emphasis on “nudging,” he celebrates the cost-benefit revolution in policy making, tracing its defining moments in the Reagan, Clinton, and Obama administrations (and pondering its uncertain future in the Trump administration). He acknowledges that public officials often lack information about costs and benefits, and outlines state-of-the-art techniques for acquiring that information. Policies should make people’s lives better.


Cass R. Sunstein is one of the most cited legal scholars in the world. He was recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize and was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration.

Mark Stuart Day: Bits to Bitcoin @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Bookstore in welcoming Mark Stuart Day to discuss his book, Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works.

In Bits to Bitcoin, Mark Stuart Day offers an accessible guide to our digital infrastructure, explaining the basics of operating systems, networks, security, and other topics for the general reader. He takes the reader from a single process to multiple processes that interact with each other; he explores processes that fail and processes that overcome failures; and he examines processes that attack each other or defend themselves against attacks.

Mark Stuart Day was Chief Scientist at Riverbed Technology for a decade and is currently Visiting Lecturer at MIT. With more than thirty patented inventions, he has also made technical contributions at Dropbox, IBM, Cisco, Digital, and BBN.

Roberto Simanowski: WASTE: A New Media Primer @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Bookstore in welcoming Roberto Simanowski to discuss his book, Waste: A New Media Primer.

Simanowski, who has been studying the Internet and social media since the 1990s, goes deeper than the conventional wisdom. With these engaging and provocative essays, Roberto Simanowski considers what new media has done to us. Why is digital privacy being eroded and why does society seem not to care? Why do we escape from living and loving the present into capturing, sharing and liking it? And how did we arrive at a selfie society without self-consciousness?

Roberto Simanowski is a scholar of media and cultural studies and the author of Digital Art and MeaningData LoveFacebook Society, Waste: A New Media Primer, andThe Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas (the last two published by the MIT Press).

authors@MIT: Leonardo Journal 50th Anniversary @ MIT Press Bookstore
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

You’re invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leonardo/ISAST at the MIT Press Bookstore. Join us for a festive evening of conversation about the journal’s history and its long-standing relationship with MIT.

The event features Roger Malina, Executive Editor of Leonardo; Danielle Siembieda, Managing Director of Leonardo; Nick Lindsay, Director of Journals and Open Access at the MIT Press; and Leonardo authors Elizabeth Goldring and Joan Brigham.

About Leonardo/ISAST

50 Years of Celebrating the Community

Almost half a century ago, kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina set out to solve the needs of a community of artists and scientists working across disciplines by using the “new media” of the time—offset print publishing. As a groundbreaking, innovative venture, Leonardo represented a unique vision—to serve as an international channel of communication among artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. The result was Leonardo, an academic journal for artists with the peer-review rigor of a scientific journal. For 50 years, Leonardo has been the definitive publication for artist-academics.