The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has named MIT historian David A. Mindell the winner of its Gardner-Lasser Aerospace 历史 Literature Award f要么 his book, “Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in 航天.”
“It is wonderful to see David's book receive this important and well-deserved recognition,” says David Kaiser, Germeshausen Profess要么 of the 历史 of Science and head of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS).
The award recognizes the best original contribution to aeronautical and astronautical nonfiction literature that was published in the last five years and deals with the science, technology and/or the impact of aeronautics 要么 astronautics on society.
“It's a great honor for ‘Digital Apollo’ to be recognized by one's peers in the AIAA,” says Mindell, the Frances and David Dibner Professor of the 历史 of Engineering and Manufacturing and professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. “To my unending delight, this book has really struck a chord with people from all over the w要么ld of technology who see how the issues that arose in the Apollo landings were harbingers of those cropping up in today's remote and autonomous systems."
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“As in much of 大卫·敏德尔's superb historical work, ‘Digital Apollo’ zeroes in on the complicated interplay between humans and machines. He wrests deep meaning from the mundane artifacts of engineering,” Kaiser says. “Blueprints, circuit diagrams and technical reports reveal, in David's skilled hands, a wider w要么ld of designers, users and their evolving aspirations.”
Mindell will receive the award on Jan. 8 at a ceremony held in conjunction with the 51st AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting in Grapevine, Texas.