Historian Bruce Mazlish Has Died

By Maryann Yin 

books304Bruce Mazlish has died. He was 93 years old.

Mazlish devoted his life to a career as a historian. He has written and published several books including In Search of Nixon: A Psychohistorical Inquiry (1972), The Meaning of Karl Marx (1984), and The Idea of Humanity in a Global Era (2009).

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Professor Mazlish spent nearly his entire career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he said his experience teaching European history to young scientists and engineers inspired a lifelong interest in understanding the divide between science and the humanities, a disconnect considered a crisis in academia during the postwar years. To bridge that divide, Professor Mazlish wrote about the philosophical underpinnings of space exploration, the literary history of artificial intelligence and the bewilderment shared by neuroscientists and psychologists alike over the irrationality at the core of human behavior.”