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Over the last 150 days, we’ve tried to show what the MIT Libraries collection is really like. We’ve covered just about everything, it seems, from the wonders of electricity to proper computer terminal setups, from children’s books to local history, from the fine arts to physics to outdoor adventure. Today, marking our present year and […]

Year 128 – 1988: AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism

Published: Cambridge, Mass., 1988 The 1980s were a terribly dark time for large segments of American society. A mysterious, almost uniformly fatal illness was killing people, most of them young or in their prime. Because the syndrome decimated the immune system, its symptoms were wide-ranging, and those it affected suffered from numerous infections and maladies […]

Year 127 – 1987: Winnie ille Pu by A.A. Milne

Published: New York, 1987 Alexander Lenard’s Latin translation of Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh may be the most surprising New York Times best seller to date. First published in 1958 – in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and in an edition of only 100 copies – it went on to spend 20 weeks on the Times best seller list in […]

Year 126 – 1986: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman

Published: New York, 1986 Art Spiegelman’s Maus was originally published in serial form beginning in 1980, in the comic anthology Raw. It appeared in book form in 1986, when volume I, “My Father Bleeds History,” was published by Pantheon Books. More than thirty years after its initial appearance, Maus hasn’t lost an ounce of its […]

Year 125 – 1985: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs by Harold Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman, with Julie Sussman

Published: Cambridge, Mass., 1985 MIT is home to the planet’s most elite course in electrical engineering and computer science. “Course 6,” as it’s known in MIT-speak, attracts the very finest students and the most distinguished faculty associated with any such program. It retains its ranking as the best in the world, at least in part, […]

Year 124 – 1984: The Mathematics of Gambling by Edward O. Thorp

Published: Secaucus, N.J., 1984 In this, his second gambling manual, Edward Thorp offers his readers plenty of practical advice, but he also spills some ink reminiscing about his days as a graduate student at UCLA. “In our mutual poverty,” he writes, musing on a study break with some fellow students, “the conversation readily turned to […]

Year 120 – 1980: Heralds of Science as Represented by Two Hundred Epochal Books and Pamphlets in the Dibner Library, Smithsonian Institution

Published: Norwalk, Conn. and Washington, D.C., 1980 This lavishly illustrated catalog reads like a Who’s Who of scientific greats. The Burndy Library, from which these items have been selected, is the fruit of more than fifty years of collecting by Bern Dibner. A self-made Ukrainian immigrant, Dibner made his fortune as an inventive electrical engineer. […]