The Electron and the Bit

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1902-2002

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, a book committee was formed in 2002 to put together a volume that would, in John Guttag’s words, “capture the flavor of the department’s evolution with an eclectic collection of materials.”

The book committee comprised of Fernando J. Corbató, Robert M. Fano, Paul E. Gray, John V. Guttag, Hermann A. Haus, Paul L. Penfield, Jr., and J. Francis Reintjes selected a number of classic research papers written by department members, who are no longer actively carrying on research. In addition, each current faculty member was asked to submit the abstract from the paper which best represented his/her work for the volume. Several individuals who helped shape the direction of electrical engineering and/or computer science at MIT and beyond were given special “appreciations.” This list included recognition of the first two women in the EECS Department. The book also features a complete list of all the PhD and ScD degrees (awardees and titles) from 1902 to 2002.

The 100th anniversary MIT EECS book titled "The Electron and the Bit: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT 1902-2002

A limited number of copies of the book will be produced in the Spring of 2005. Alumni/ae who attended the EECS Centennial celebration in May of 2003 will be given advance notice and a chance to receive a complimentary copy at that time.

Copies of The Electron and the Bit may be purchased for a nominal $40.00 charge plus $10.00 handling and shipping fee. Residents of CA and MA should include the the state sales tax in the check made out to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with EECS 100th book in the memo portion of the check. See the book website for further detail. (As of January 2010, there are ample supplies of The Electron and the Bit for interested purchasers.)

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