MIT STS.050 The History of MIT, Spring 2011

This course examines the history of MIT through the lens of the broader history of science and technology, and vice versa. Created by MIT OpenCourseWare.

Average Course Length

25 hours

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1: Introduction, Course Overview, What is Technology?
2: America in 1850: The Age of Transformation
3: William Barton Rogers & The Foundational Years, 1861-1896
4: Harvard, MIT, and Building a New Campus
5: MIT and the corporate world in the age of big business, 1890-1930
6: World War I, the 1920s, and the 1930s
7: World War II and the Aftermath
8: World War II and the Aftermath
9: Aerospace and Computing in the 1960s, Lab Life in the 1970s, The Past Three Decades