Mind and Hand: The Birth of MIT

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The intellectual heritage of MIT: an account of "the flow of ideas" about science and education that shaped the Institute as it emerged and that inspires it today.

The motto on the seal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Mens et Manus"--"mind and hand"--signals the Institute's dedication to what MIT founder William Barton Rogers called "the most earnest cooperation of intelligent culture with industrial pursuits." Mind and Hand traces the ideas about science and education that have shaped MIT and defined its mission--from the new science of the Enlightenment era and the ideals of representative democracy spurred by the Industrial Revolution to new theories on the nature and role of higher education in nineteenth-century America. MIT emerged in mid-century as an experiment in scientific and technical education, with its origins in the tension between these old and new ideas.

Mind and Hand was undertaken by Julius Stratton after his retirement from the presidency of MIT and continued by Loretta Mannix after his death; Philip N. Alexander, of the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, stepped in to complete the project. The combined efforts of these three authors have given us what Julius Stratton envisioned--"a coherent account of the flow of ideas" from which MIT emerged.

 

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Foreword
Preface
Prologue
The Antecedents
1
European Origins
3
Migration of a Heritage
21
The Rise of Technical Education in America
31
The Rogers Brothers and the Boston Scene
63
The Society the Museum and the School
341
The Society of Arts
343
The Commitee on Publication
379
The Museum of Technology
393
The School of Industrial Science
415
A Voluminous Enterprise
437
The School Opens
441
The First Faculty
471

A Family Affair
65
Harvard
91
The Lawrence Scientific
113
The Fonding of MIT
139
PreHistoric Annals of the Institute
141
An Auxiliary to the Cause of Education
169
Facts of the Founding
189
The Struggle to Get Under Way
225
Persistent Perseverance
227
The LandGrant Act of 1862
251
Harvard Again
277
The Difficult Question of Money
295
The Building
319
The First Students
499
The Early Curriculum and Methods of Teaching
531
The First Six Courses
533
A Curricular Innovation
559
Methods of Teaching
577
Epilogue
615
2 Society of Arts Communications 18621870
625
Notes
649
Selected Sources
745
Illustrations
761
Index
765
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George Hill, is Executive Secretary of Doctors Opposing Circumcision and a former airline captain. He has been involved in the issue of the nontherapeutic circumcision of nonconsenting children for more than a decade.

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