Mindstorms (book)

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Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas
First edition
AuthorSeymour Papert
CountryUnited Kingdom
SeriesHarvester Studies in Cognitive Science
Release number
SubjectComputer literacy
Published1980 (Harvester Press)
Media typePrint

Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas is a book by computer scientist Seymour Papert, in which he argues for the benefits of teaching computer literacy in primary and secondary education.[1] It was published by Basic Books in 1980, and republished in a new edition by Basic Books in 1993.

The Lego Mindstorms programmable construction set system is named after the book.[2]

In 2017, thanks to Papert's family the book was made freely available online here.

Papert describes the Turtle as an "object-to-think-with" and discusses many code examples of Turtle Graphics.


  1. ^ "Mindstorms". BasicBooks.com. Basic Books.
  2. ^ Bumgardner, Jim (March 2007). "The Origins of Mindstorms". Wired.