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The Technologists by Matthew Pearl
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May 29, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery, thriller

It is 1868 and MIT is getting ready for its first graduation but things are not well in Boston. Someone seems to want the world's first school of technology to fail in grand style. Compasses go awry, glass melts, explosions occur and no one knows who is causing such havoc but the students of MIT are the main suspects because everyone is afraid of science and technology. Can the MIT students save the day and prove their worth? Twists and turns abound!

Though this is a work of fiction there is much that is accurate in the telling of the story. MIT did struggle for recognition and acceptance in its early years. People did fear science and technology as they knew very little about it. Mr. Pearl has created in interesting and thought provoking story. I probably would have given him 4 stars on this if the story had not taken so long to evolve...........have does get better.
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