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Write Science

Curated to spark thought-provoking ideas and engaging conversations, this program series offers the opportunity to meet leading writers in science, technology and art.

Free event.
Seating is Limited. Advance registration is recommended.

Born in Cambridge

For centuries, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts has been home to a surprising number of innovative people and ideas across fields as varied as literature, social reform, the candy industry, computer technology, genetics and popular culture. Authors Karen Weintraub and Michael Kuchta explore these innovators in Born in Cambridge: 400 Years of Ideas and Innovators, recently published by The MIT Press.

Listen to what a panel of experts has to say in response to such questions as “How has this mid-sized city of just seven square miles managed to produce so many world-changing innovations and in the process reinvent itself, when so many other American cities have struggled to find new purpose after an initial period of success?” and "What is the secret sauce that has allowed the region to continue to attract talent and investment, and to regularly generate new ideas?"

Join us for this discussion on the history of innovation in Cambridge, and reflection on the nature of new ideas and urbanism.

Presented in conjunction with the MIT Press Bookstore.


Karen Weintraub, Panelist

Health Reporter, USA Today and Lecturer, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing

Michael Kuchta, Panelist

Senior Urban Design Planner, Harvard