A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT


The latest in a series of books celebrating MIT’s hacks and hacking culture by Institute Historian T. F. Petersen. Drawing on the MIT Museum’s unique collection of hack-related photographs and other materials, Nightwork¬†describes and documents the best of MIT’s hacks,¬†from the police car on the Great Dome to the abduction of the Caltech cannon.

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Paperback; 2011. 232 pages. Illustrated.

At MIT, a "hack" is an ingenious, benign and anonymous prank or practical joke, usually requiring engineering or scientific expertise, and often pulled off under cover of darkness.

More information about hacks at MIT is available here.


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