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Public Understanding of Science, brought to you by the MIT Press


raised by 114 people

$15,000 goal

About This Campaign

The MIT Press initiative for Public Understanding of Science mobilizes cutting edge science and research for greater social impact through writing excellence, by providing academic scientists and first-time book authors with the support needed to make their ideas optimally impactful and accessible to general readers, policy makers, and the media.

How to Help 

Support the MIT Press by donating to our crowdfunding campaign for the public understanding of science. 

Please contribute to help us meet our fundraising goal of $15,000 from 100+ donations, which will unlock a matching pledge of $10,000 from a generous donor. All contributions will be used to support the public understanding of science through writing excellence in books for the general reader.

Background on the MIT Press

The MIT Press was formally established in 1962. Since then, it has provided a unique lens on the interplay among science, design, technology, and culture, to accelerate social progress and promote human understanding. Interdisciplinary and innovative, pushing boundaries in every direction, it is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished university presses, with a list unparalleled in breadth, depth, and diversity. Its books, journals, and digital products are relentlessly forward-thinking and have helped shape emerging fields of inquiry. 

See what some of our authors and editors have to say: 

Great books don’t come into the world by accident. They require fine authors, but also publishers that can spot and support talent, particularly when authors are of diverse backgrounds. The MIT Press is one such press, and by doing so it is shaping the entire publishing world and moving this industry towards where it actually should be. ―Ainissa Ramirez, author of The Alchemy of Us from the MIT Press.

If MIT Press were a literary salon, it would be the place where an art historian and a crypto entrepreneur get into a fight about the nature of digital art, while in another corner, an architect and an aerosols expert hash out designs for a Covid-safe workspace, and in another, science fiction writers and AI researchers debate the nature of intelligence. I hope in the next 60 years it continues to push boundaries in finding ways to make ideas mingle and cross-pollinate from the widest possible range of disciplines.  ―Gideon Lichfield, editor of Make Shift from the MIT Press; editor-in-chief of Wired

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