History of Mathematics, Cybernetics
Slava Gerovitch received his M.S. in applied mathematics from the Moscow Oil & Gas Institute in 1985, Ph.D. in philosophy of science from the Institute for the History of Natural Science and Technology in Moscow in 1992, and Ph.D. in history and social study of science from MIT's Science, Technology and Society Program in 1999. Dr. Gerovitch's research interests are history of mathematics, cybernetics, astronautics, and computing. His book, From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cybernetics, received the honorable mention for the Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize for an outstanding monograph in Russian studies. His most recent books are Voices of the Soviet Space Program: Cosmonauts, Soldiers, and Engineers Who Took the USSR into Space and Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity, the winner of 2021 Gardner-Lasser Aerospace History Literature Award and a finalist for the 2016 Historia Nova Prize.
Dr. Gerovitch co-founded MIT PRIMES (Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science) in 2010 and has served as program director for the Math Department's RSI and SPUR summer programs since 2012, and DRP and UROP+ programs since 2014. He is a recipient of the 2020 MIT School of Science Infinite Mile Award.
Dr. Gerovitch has been lecturing at MIT since 1999. His most recent class is Cultural History of Mathematics.