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Bringing Down the House by
Call Number: Dewey Stacks GV1247.M49 2002
Mezrich's best-seller is based on the 1990s exploits of the wildly lucrative MIT Blackjack Team, organized by a former math instructor.
Dead on the Internet: The MIT Murders by
Former Boston Police Homicide detective Jack Kelly tries to solve the murders of graduate students from the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
After the appearance of a mysterious, hollow, man-made asteroid from the future, world war erupts. Protagonist Patricia Vasquez, Caltech mathematician, visits MIT in this sci-fi novel.
The Gadget Maker by
Call Number: Library Storage Annex - Off Campus Collection PZ4.G854.Gad
"The Institute is not a playground where idlers in the guise of students may enjoy beer-guzzling, football-watching or classroom flirtations. It is a place of study," writes Maxwell Griffith, an MIT alum. "The curriculums are awesome compilations of required knowledge, purposefully back-breaking in order that the laggard, the dilettante and the mediocrity may be quickly exposed and packed off to the Princeton or Podunk U where he belongs" (42). The story of aeronautical engineer Stanley Brack's quest to build a guided missile for the Amalgamated Aircraft Corporation includes a lengthy section describing his undergraduate years at MIT in the 1940s.
Good Will Hunting by
This film script about an MIT janitor who also happens to be a mathematical genius won the 1997 Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
The Holder of the World by
Beigh Masters, a Yale history graduate, works in "assets research," tracking down valuable art and antiques for wealthy clients. In this novel, she narrates the story of her 17th-century ancestor Hannah Easton, a.k.a. Salem Bibi. Beigh's boyfriend Venn Iyer is an MIT computer scientist developing a historical virtual reality system, which she uses to hunt a missing priceless diamond with a connection to Hannah.
Infinite Jest: A Novel by
The novel's James Orin Incandenza, optics expert, filmmaker, and founder of the Enfield Tennis Academy, played tennis while a student at MIT.
Publication Date: 2006-08-01
June 2026. The Soviet Union occupies most of the former United States. Two MIT professors of astrophysics, Paul deVere and former Special Operations Officer Lewis Ginter, have discovered a way to open wormholes in time. They develop a daring plan to go back to the early 1960s to alter the course of American history.
The three volumes of the Baroque Cycle--Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World--refer to the "Massachusetts Bay Colony Institute of the Technologickal Arts," founded by Daniel Waterhouse in the 18th century.
Rent: Movie Vocal Selections by
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Vocal score from the film. The character Tom Collins was fired from MIT "for [his] theory of actual reality."
Rent: Vocal Selections by
Call Number: Lewis Music Library - Stacks SCORE Mu pts L329 rent pv
Vocal score from the musical. The character Tom Collins was fired from MIT "for [his] theory of actual reality."
Six Degrees of Separation: A Play by
A con man posing as Sidney Poitier's son insinuates himself into the lives and home of the Kittredges, a well-to-do Upper East Side family. MIT student Trent Conway, who is one of their set, is the link between the fraudster and the Kittredges.
The Technologists by
Publication Date: 2012-02-21
A secret society of the first MIT undergraduates (including Ellen Swallow) use their scientific skills to investigate mysterious calamities in 1868 Boston.
Scientists figure out how to control the weather. Set in part at MIT.
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