Archive for March, 2010

Paul Samuelson and Economics: Memorial Exhibit at Dewey Library

Posted March 31st, 2010 by Katherine McNeill

Paul Samuelson and Economics: Evolution of a Classic
A Memorial Exhibit: April 1 – May 6, 2010
Dewey Library (E53-100)

Good questions outrank easy answers.” Paul Samuelson

Paul Samuelson

Please join us for a memorial exhibit in honor of Institute Professor Emeritus Paul A. Samuelson, April 1 – May 6, 2010.

Samuelson was a defining figure of twentieth-century economics who both transformed many of the fundamentals of the discipline and shaped the department here at MIT.  He is widely recognized for increasing the rigor and use of mathematics in the discipline and for introducing Keynesian economics to a wider audience.  He received numerous awards over his lifetime, including the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics in 1970; and the National Medal of Science in 1996; and in 1947 the John Bates Clark Medal, the American Economic Association’s award for the best American economist under the age of 40.

Hosted by Dewey Library for Management and Social Sciences, the exhibit highlights the development of Samuelson’s influential textbook, Economics, the best-selling economics textbook of all time.   Over its nineteen editions, it has sold nearly four million copies and been translated into 40 languages.

The exhibit features books, archival documents, and photographs from the collections of Dewey Library; the Institute Archives; the MIT Museum; and Samuelson’s personal collection, courtesy of the Department of Economics.  Items include:

  • excerpts of editions of Economics containing Samuelson’s hand-written edits,
  • letters between Samuelson and past leaders of MIT concerning the textbook,
  • foreign-language translations of Economics,
  • photographs and archival documents commemorating his life and work,
  • and more.

Note: This exhibit is being held in coordination the upcoming memorial service for Paul A. Samuelson.

For more information contact: Katherine McNeill, Economics Librarian, 617-253-0787,

iPhone app: Scan barcodes & request books with pic2shop

Posted March 31st, 2010 by Remlee Green

Have you ever been in a bookstore and wondered if you could avoid buying a book by checking it out at the library?  Book prices can be pretty steep, and borrowing books from the library is a great way to save a few bucks.

With the pic2shop iPhone app, there’s an easy way to find out if the MIT Libraries own a book.  You can even request it for library pick-up from your iPhone.  Here’s how:

  • Download the free pic2shop iPhone app from the Apple store
  • Scan the barcode of a book with your iPhone’s camera (at a bookstore, friend’s house, wherever!)
  • Click the “See local libraries” button.  If the book is owned by the MIT Libraries, it will show up in the list.
  • Click the arrow in the listing for MIT, and you’ll be routed to the Barton catalog where you can click the availability links to see if it’s on the shelf or request it through Your Account.

No worries, if MIT doesn’t own the book and you need it for MIT research purposes, you can still request it through Interlibrary Borrowing!  pic2shop will save a list of everything you’ve scanned, so you can email yourself or request the book later.

(This app is not yet available for iPod Touch, but check the pic2shop website for updates.)