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Year 139 – 1999: Time Bomb 2000: What the Year 2000 Computer Crisis Means to You! by Edward Yourdon and Jennifer Yourdon

Published: Upper Saddle River, N.J., 1999 The end is near! Or perhaps more accurately, the end seems always to be right around the corner … and it was always thus. Astronomer John of Toledo predicted the end would occur in September 1186. London astronomers foresaw an Earth-destroying deluge on February 1, 1524. Jacques Bernoulli forecast […]

Year 138 – 1998: Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman

Published: New York, 1998 One of the most notable figures in contemporary science fiction can be found right on the MIT campus. Joe Haldeman, who teaches several different courses in MIT’s Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, has received multiple honors for his published work. In 2010 he was named the Damon Knight Memorial Grand […]

Year 137 – 1997: “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman, as told to Ralph Leighton

Published: Ashland, Ore., 1997 Surely you’ve heard of Richard Feynman! Library shelves groan under the weight of books by and about the illustrious theoretical physicist. In addition to his towering scientific contributions, he was an expert safecracker, player of the bongos and the frigideira, visual artist (pseudonym “Ofey”), fan of Tuvan throat singing, and prankster […]

Year 136 – 1996: Veni Creator Spiritus by John Harbison

Installed (and premiered): Cambridge, Mass., 1996 Situated at the east end of the Hayden Library building, MIT’s Lewis Music Library is one of the most popular destinations on campus. With its outstanding collection of scores, recordings, and books, the library is among the MIT Libraries’ busiest locations. The Lewis Music Library serves a distinguished music […]

Year 134 – 1994: Participatory Development Tool Kit: Training Materials for Agencies & Communities by Deepa Narayan and Lyra Srinivasan

Published: Washington, D.C., 1994 Since its inception in 1944, the World Bank has been providing financial support to reduce poverty in developing countries throughout the world. The concept of “participatory development” dates to the 1970s and arose from research largely funded by the World Bank. As this kit’s foreword explains, the idea is founded upon […]

Year 133 – 1993: The Second Four Books of Poems by W.S. Merwin

Published: Port Townsend, Wash., 1993 When The Second Four Books of Poems was published in 1993, W.S. Merwin visited MIT to read from his works at the Bartos Theater. The four books in the volume had originally been published during a ten-year span between 1963 and 1973: The Moving Target, The Lice, the Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

Year 132 – 1992: Nature Genetics: volume one, number one

Published: New York, 1992 The journal Nature first appeared in print in 1869 and ranks among the most prestigious scientific publications in the world. In the 1970s, as the sciences splintered into more and more refined areas of specialization and as fresh areas of research emerged, Nature began producing offshoot publications, of which Nature Genetics […]

Year 131 – 1991: Guidelines for the Use of Video Display Terminals at MIT

Published: Cambridge, Mass., 1991 It’s not much to look at, but Guidelines for the Use of Video Display Terminals at MIT serves as a sort of time capsule. It also provides a specific example of the concern that arises whenever new technology is introduced into the workplace. Today computers and computer monitors are a central […]