We asked MIT Press staff to tell us which MIT Press titles they'd suggest as gifts. Here are a few of their picks (more to come next Friday, 12/16):
"Urban Code (by Anne Mikoleit and Moritz Pürckhauer) would be a great gift for your urbanite friends. It is hip, smart, and easily back-pocketable. Plus you don’t even need a bookmark as it comes with its own! Can’t beat a two-for-one!"
"Something for Nothing (by Michael Klein) is a great gift for that grad student or young professor on your list. The novel chronicles David Fox’s first year as a visiting assistant professor of economics in small-town upstate New York. The central dilemma involves David’s decision to publish a paper with a right-wing think tank, but the rest of the story covers his attempts to find a tenure-track job while balancing teaching, research, and a social life. The details will ring true for anyone in academia and, best of all, this book is funny!"
Ellen, Director's office
"The Metamorphosis of Plants (by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; photographs and introduction by Gordon L. Miller). The illustrations that Goethe would have wanted! One gardener in the MIT community to whom I gave the book called it 'a treat for the eyes and the soul.'"
And always a fan of Henk Tennekes, The Simple Science of Flight.