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Here on the updated and expanded Infinite History site, we’ve collected a compelling compendium of videos. Interviews with legendary change-makers. Historic footage from the MIT Museum’s collections. Video of unforgettable lectures, commencement speeches, and symposia. And we’ve made it possible for you to personalize your exploration with advanced search tools. Take a look. You’ll rarely meet so many interesting people in one place.
Woodie C. Flowers SM ’68, ME ’71, PhD ’73
Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus
Woodie C. Flowers (1943-2019), beloved professor and pioneer of hands-on engineering education, was the creator of the wildly popular robotic design competition that started in the MIT class Introduction to Design 2.70 (now 2.007).
Professor Flowers was widely recognized for his innovative teaching methods and among other honors, was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow for extraordinary contributions to undergraduate education. His research interests included design education, microcomputer-controlled prostheses for above-knee amputees, instrumentation for quantitative assessment of human movement disorders, computer-aided design systems, and product design.
This wide-ranging interview was conducted in 2010 as part of the MIT150 celebrations of the Institute's sesquicentennial.
Steve Jobs, one of the computer industry’s foremost entrepreneurs, gives a wide-ranging talk to a group of MIT Sloan School of Management students in the spring of 1992.
At MIT's Mid-Century Convocation held in 1949—described as "an intellectual festival of monumental proportions"—Sir Winston Churchill gave a rousing keynote address titled Mid-Century Convocation on the Social Implications of Scientific Progress.
MIT Dept. of Architecture conference features keynote speaker Dr. Ted Landsmark on the position of black architects in the U.S., and also celebrates its own Robert R. Taylor, first black graduate of MIT (SB 1892).
Institute Professor Millie Dresselhaus provides an engaging introduction to the complex world of nanostructures, nanowires and thermoelectrics.
Pioneering political commentator, journalist and author Gwen Ifill delivers the event's keynote address, titled “Justice and Equality for All: America's Moral Dilemma."
Institute Professor Philip Morrison, renowned nuclear physicist, astronomer, filmmaker and public science figure, delivers a magical talk to MIT alumni during Technology Day in June 1994.
Neil Armstrong and Bob Seamans recount experiences and challenges working on the Apollo Program, at the 25th annual Gardner Lecture on aeronautical history.
This TV program details the equipment necessary to keep a spacecraft going in the right direction and the challenges involved in that task.
This footage is a home movie taken by Major Alexander P. de Seversky of the Apollo 11 launch and of those who were present at the event.
This film depicts the preparation, launch and recovery of the Apollo spacecraft.
Apollo program participants reflect on the legacy and lessons of the Moon landing, forty years later.
MIT alum Joseph Gavin recounts his experiences as director of the Apollo Lunar Module program.
Anant Agarwal describes growing up in India, his career at MIT and his work with CSAIL. He also talks about his lifelong goal of educating a billion people.
Cynthia Breazeal talks about her childhood love of robots, her career at MIT developing artificial intelligence and the commercial application of robotics in products such as Jibo.
Erich Caulfield talks about growing up in the South, "Nerd Pride" at MIT, and his career in consulting.
Marine biologist Sallie Chisholm talks about her connection to Wood Holes Oceanographic Institute, the discovery of Prochloroccus, and her experience writing children's books.
Henrietta Davis outlines the town/gown relationship between MIT and Cambridge, the history of affordable housing in the city and her experiences in city politics as the former mayor.
Erik Demaine describes his father’s impact on his education, his collaborative style of problem-solving and his love of origami.
Harold Abelson speaks about his early life and education, interest in educational technology, and work in founding of OpenCourseWare.
Former MIT First Lady Rebecca Vest talks about her early life and her involvement with the MIT community.
Yung Ho Chang speaks about his architecture career in China and the United States.
Wolfgang Ketterle talks about his work in physics and the responsibility a scientist has in today's society.
William Mitchell speaks about growing up in the Australian bush and his work in architecture.
Bill Hecht talks about the role of alumni in the MIT community and his experiences with the Institute over the years.
This TV program examines the obstacles that face the Apollo Command Module upon its return to Earth and the science that will keep it intact.
This TV program explains the uses of nuclear reactors in scientific research and its implications for future industry.
This TV program demonstrates the abilities of the Lunar Excursion Module and the science behind its creation and use.
This documentary examines the life of Harold "Doc" Edgerton and his work with strobe photography to capture rapid motion on film.
This video is of the Victory and Science exhibition at MIT, a demonstration of World War II weapons and technology for the general public.
This TV program examines the difficulties of astronauts maintaining a healthy diet and the science behind eating in space.
Nobel Laureate Robert Solow reexamines his career in economics as both a professor and a policy adviser.
David Baltimore details the experiences in his youth that drew him to biology, the many medical applications of his research he has conducted, and his involvement in the Whitehead Institute and some of the challenges associated with its creation.
A conversation with the 1976 Nobel Laureate in Physics.
Paul Samuelson, often called the "Father of Modern Economics," was an Institute Professor at MIT, an economic adviser to President John F. Kennedy, and the author of one of the most influential economics textbooks of all time.
Richard Shrock talks about his personal contributions to experimental physics, some of the people he has worked with along the way and the usefulness of filmmaking for educational purposes.
One of the world's most eminent theoretical physicists, Frank Wilczek covers his upbringing in New York, his work that earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics and some of the benefits and drawbacks that come with such an accomplishment. He also discusses his time at MIT and his current projects.
The MIT Dean of Science, the LNS director and the conference chair open the anniversary symposium.
Victor ('Viki') Weisskopf, renowned for his contributions in the area of quantum electrodynamics, offers personal reminiscences on his life and work at MIT's LNS since its founding in 1946.
Bill Wallenmeyer, former director of the Division for High Energy Physics (HEP) at the U.S. Department of Energy, talks about working at the interface of science and government.
On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Prof. Alan Guth ofers a presenation on inflationary cosmology.
Institute Professor and Nobel Laureate Jerome I. Friedman offers a presentation on cutting-edge research in physics.
Prof. Henry Kendall presents a talk on his Nobel-prizing-winning work using electron beams to locate quarks.
Professor Mario J. Molina discusses the need for effective policy and communication to support the scientific studies of climate change.
Ernest Moniz explores the difficulties that energy demand creates, and how factors like climate change affect that demand. He also details the timetable and the changes that will need to be made in the energy industry in the interest of sustainability over the course of the next decade, including alternative methods of harnessing energy.
Series of talks for visiting MIT alumni on global politics, climate change, science and education, by Ronald G. Prinn, Daniel Charles, Shirley Malcom and John Deutsch.
Professor Sallie Chisholm talks about microbes and sea organisms.
Experts in finance and energy talk about how collaboration between the two sectors is neccessary for minimizing global warming.
Dr. Steven Chu discusses how different kinds of technologies and research are essential to combating future energy problems.