New Books in Science, Technology, and...

Interviews with Scholars of Science, Technology, and Society about their New Books

Science
Social Sciences
901
Chet Van Duzer, "Martin Waldseemüller’s 'Carta ...
Van Duzer presents the first detailed study of one of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance cartography...
56 min
902
Jason Smith, "To Master the Boundless Sea: The ...
Smith discusses the US Navy’s role in exploring and charting the ocean world...
34 min
903
Michael R. Boswell, "Climate Action Planning: A...
"Climate Action Planning" is designed to help planners, municipal staff and officials, citizens and others working at local levels to develop and implement plans to mitigate a community's greenhouse gas emissions...
47 min
904
Deborah Lupton, "The Quantified Self" (Polity, ...
Lupton critically analyses the social, cultural and political dimensions of contemporary self-tracking and identifies the concepts of selfhood...
61 min
905
Lundy Braun, "Breathing Race into the Machine" ...
Braun documents the history and present-day use of an everyday medical instrument, the spirometer, which measures a person’s lung capacity...
42 min
906
Rosalind Fredericks, "Garbage Citizenship: Vita...
Fredericks makes sense of the garbage-scape of Dakar, Senegal in the wake of the 2007 trash “revolts” against the city and country’s uneven and failing garbage infrastructure...
49 min
907
Alberto Cairo, "How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter...
We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at?
54 min
908
John P. Davis, "Russia in the Time of Cholera" ...
Russian medical researchers—along with their counterparts in France and Germany—were at the forefront of the struggle against cholera...
55 min
909
Michael G. Vann, "The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Emp...
The remaking of Hanoi as a capital of French empire from the end of the nineteenth century had unintended consequences...
55 min
910
Nir Eyal, "Indistractable: How to Control Your ...
"Indistractable" offers a theoretical framework for the powerful distractions each of us encounters every single day...
54 min
911
Ruha Benjamin, "Race After Technology: Abolitio...
Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination...
53 min
912
Helen Rozwadowski, "Vast Expanses: A History of...
Rozwadowski talks about the history of the oceans and how these oceans have shaped human history in profound ways...
30 min
913
Margaret E. Schotte, "Sailing School: Navigatin...
Schotte charts more than two hundred years of navigational history as she investigates how mariners solved the challenges of navigating beyond sight of land...
54 min
914
J. Yates and C. N. Murphy, "Engineering Rules: ...
Standards are crucial to the way we live—just look around you. A no. 2 pencil, perhaps?
49 min
915
Jonathan Rees, "Before the Refrigerator: How We...
Frederic Tudor was the “Ice King” of early nineteenth-century America..
51 min
916
Claire Edington, "Beyond the Asylum: Mental Ill...
Both colonies and insane asylums are well known institutions of power. But what of asylums in Europe’s early 20th-century colonial empires?
70 min
917
Wendy Wickwire, "At The Bridge: James Teit and ...
The history of anthropology remembers James Teit as a field assistant and man-on-the spot for Franz Boas...
61 min
918
Michael E. Mann, "The Hockey Stick and the Clim...
How do you reconcile the fact that, in a democracy, everyone’s vote is equal but everyone’s opinion is not?
37 min
919
Cara New Daggett, "Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuel...
Daggett suggests that reassessing our relationships with fossil fuels in the face of climate change also requires that we rethink the concept of energy itself...
40 min
920
Kathryn Conrad on University Press Publishing
What do university presses do, and how do they do it?
37 min
921
Russell Potter, "Finding Franklin: The Untold S...
In 1845, two British naval ships left England with 129 men in search of the Northwest Passage...
41 min
922
Jamie L. Pietruska, "Looking Forward: Predictio...
Pietruska assesses how different varieties of forecasting created an often-contradictory “culture of prediction” during the rise of modern bureaucracies...
36 min
923
Jeremy Black, "Maps of War: Mapping Conflict th...
Black covers the history of the mapping of land wars, and shows the way in which maps provide a guide to the history of war...
61 min
924
Amy Carney, "Marriage and Fatherhood in the Naz...
From 1931 to 1945, leaders of the SS sought to transform their organization into a racially-elite family community that would serve as the Third Reich’s new aristocracy...
38 min
925
Andreas Bernard, "Theory of the Hashtag" (Polit...
Bernard examines the hashtag’s role in changing how we define and discuss keywords...
38 min
926
Ann Elias, "Coral Empire: Underwater Oceans, Co...
With the threats of sea water warming and ocean acidification, coral reefs have become both a fire alarm and a barometer for the dangers of human induced climate change...
43 min
927
J. Neuhaus, "Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intell...
The things that make people academics do not necessarily make them good teachers...
29 min
928
Binyamin Appelbaum, "The Economists' Hour: Fals...
Think economics is the "dismal science" with abstract formulas that have no impact on life as it is actually lived? Think again...
37 min
929
Valerie Olson, "Into the Extreme: U.S. Environm...
Olson talks about why the idea of outer space as a “frontier” is giving way to one that frames it as a cosmic ecosystem...
33 min
930
Theodore Dalrymple, "False Positive: A Year of ...
Dalrymple recounts each week’s new edition of the Journal with an eye toward analytical errors and a culture of political correctness in regard to the handling of medical and public health issues...
43 min
931
David Lindsay Roberts, "Republic of Numbers: Un...
Roberts anchors 20 biographical chapters to a decadal series of events, whose mathematical significance could not often have been anticipated...
71 min
932
David D. Vail, "Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aer...
Over fifty years ago, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) scolded the agricultural industry for its profligate spread of “poison” and pesticides “indiscriminately from the skies"...
36 min
933
Elizabeth DeLoughrey, "Allegories of the Anthro...
DeLoughrey argues that the cosmopolitan position on Global Warming is in truth a provincial one limited to privileged circles in the Global North...
33 min
934
Thomas Hager, "Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, ...
Behind every landmark drug is a story...
59 min
935
Oren Harman, "Evolutions: Fifteen Myths That Ex...
Harman takes scientific facts, as we know them today, and weaves them into narratives that have the tone, grace and drama of myth...
63 min
936
Michitake Aso, "Rubber and the Making of Vietna...
How can the history of rubber be used as a way to understand the history of 20th-century Vietnam?
80 min
937
Lucas Richert, “Strange Trips: Science, Culture...
Richert investigates the myths, meanings, and boundaries of recreational drugs, palliative care drugs, and pharmaceuticals, as well as struggles over product innovation, consumer protection, and freedom of choice in the medical marketplace...
48 min
938
Jennifer L. Derr, "The Lived Nile: Environment,...
In October 1902, the reservoir of the first Aswan Dam filled, and Egypt's relationship with the Nile River forever changed...
51 min
939
Erika Milam, "Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for H...
Milam talks about the scientific search for human nature, a project that captured the attention of paleontologists, anthropologists, and primatologists in the years after World War II...
38 min
940
David Sinclair, "LifeSpan: Why We Age and Why W...
Do we have to grow old? Maybe not. David Sinclair explains...
57 min
941
Timothy LeCain, "The Matter of History: How Thi...
LeCain presents a path-breaking approach to the study of the environment and history...
64 min
942
Mark Monmonier, "Connections and Content: Refle...
Monmonier shares his insights about the relationships between networks and maps through a collection of essays...
60 min
943
Nora Jaffary, "Reproduction and its Discontents...
Jaffary tracks how medical ideas, practices, and policies surrounding reproduction changed between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries in Mexico...
67 min
944
Joy McCann, "Wild Sea: A History of the Souther...
McCann discusses the great circumpolar ocean that surrounds Antarctica...
32 min
945
Aaron Hale-Dorrell, "Corn Crusade: Khrushchev’s...
Hale-Dorrell re-evaluates Khrushchev’s corn campaign as the cornerstone of his reformation programs...
74 min
946
Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer, "Wind and Power ...
This is the third of three interviews with Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer about their duo-graph, Wind and Power in the Anthropocene...
37 min
947
E. H. Ecklund and D. R. Johnson, "Secularity an...
It is common to see science and religion portrayed as mutually exclusive and warring ways of viewing the world, but is that how actual scientists see it?
92 min
948
Dominic Boyer, "Energopolitics: Wind and Power ...
Boyer examines the politics of wind development in Mexico to think through how the energy and environmental crises of global warming require new approaches to political theory....
42 min
949
Emily Lakdawalla, "The Design and Engineering o...
This book describes the most complex machine ever sent to another planet...
32 min
950
Cymene Howe, "Ecologics: Wind and Power in the ...
Howe examines the aborted Mareña Renovables wind park to understand the resistance of indigenous residents to renewable energy...
41 min
951
Michael Kodas, "Megafire: The Race to Extinguis...
In the 1980s, fires burned an average of two million acres per year. Today the average is eight million acres and growing...
50 min
952
Matthew James, "Collecting Evolution: The Galap...
James talks about the 1905 Galapagos Expedition organized by the California Academy of Sciences...
30 min
953
Daniel Veidlinger, "From Indra’s Net to Interne...
Veidlinger offers a theoretically compelling exploration of the types communicative “ecosystems” in which Buddhist ideas have flourished throughout history.
54 min
954
Lindsey Green-Simms, "Postcolonial Automobility...
Green-Simms examines the paradoxes and ambivalences of automobility through the lens of West African films, novels, plays, and poems...
57 min
955
David Philip Miller, "The Life and Legend of Ja...
For all of his fame as one of the seminal figures of the Industrial Revolution, James Watt is a person around whom many misconceptions congregate...
68 min
956
Shai Lavi, "Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel...
Lavi and his colleagues have produced a groundbreaking work that offers a novel understanding of Israeli bioethics...
52 min
957
Andrew Wright Hurley, "Ludwig Leichhardt’s Ghos...
Hurley talks about the life and afterlife of the Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, a man whose reputation has shifted to reflect the changing cultures of Australia and Germany over the past 160 years....
33 min
958
Michael Zakim, "Accounting for Capitalism: The ...
This is a big story, told through an ostensibly marginal event: the birth of a class of “merchant clerks” in the United States...
75 min
959
William Gibbons, "Unlimited Replays: Video Game...
Gibbons examines the intersection between video games and classical music...
57 min
960
Stefan Al, "Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise: ...
This book is a tool kit for adapting and managing sea level rise and storm events for metropolitan cities and smaller communities...
49 min
961
Lukas Rieppel, "Assembling the Dinosaur: Fossil...
Rieppel explains how the paleontological discoveries projected American exceptionalism and, at the height of the Gilded Age, became symbols of industrial capitalism....
53 min
962
Sharra L. Vostral, "Toxic Shock: A Social Histo...
In 1978, doctors in Denver, Colorado observed several healthy children who suddenly and mysteriously developed a serious, life-threatening illness with no visible source...
20 min
963
Sarah Seo, "Policing the Open Road: How Cars Tr...
When Americans think of freedom, they often picture the open road. Yet nowhere are we more likely to encounter the long arm of the law than in our cars...
32 min
964
Violet Moller, "The Map of Knowledge: A Thousan...
Moller traces the histories of migration of three ancient authors, Euclid, Ptolemy and Galen, from ancient Alexandria in 500 to Syria and Constantinople,
61 min
965
Okezi Otovo, "Progressive Mothers, Better Babie...
Otovo explores the intersecting histories of race, gender, and class in modern Brazil...
71 min
966
Vanessa Heggie, "Higher and Colder: A History o...
Heggie talks about the history of biomedical research in extreme environments...
34 min
967
Donna Dickenson, "Me Medicine vs. We Medicine: ...
Personalized healthcare―or what the award-winning author Donna Dickenson calls "Me Medicine"―is radically transforming our longstanding "one-size-fits-all" model...
20 min
968
David R. Montgomery, "Growing a Revolution: Bri...
Once a self-proclaimed dark green eco-pessimist, Dr. Montgomery finds this new hope as he travels the world, meeting farmers at the forefront of an agricultural movement to restore soil health...
54 min
969
Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, “Automating Finance: I...
Pardo-Guerra explores the history of the finance industry to understand the role of markets and technologies in contemporary capitalism...
41 min
970
Tita Chico, "The Experimental Imagination: Lite...
Chico’s new book upends the traditional, modern dichotomies which enforce strict separations between literature and science...
65 min
971
John D. Hawks, "Almost Human: The Astonishing T...
Hawks talks about new developments in paleoanthropology – the discovery of a new hominid species Homo Naledi in South Africa, the Neanderthal ancestry of many human populations, and the challenge of rethinking anthropological science’s relationship with indigenous peoples and the general public...
30 min
972
Ekaterina Svetlova, "Financial Models and Socie...
Svetlova looks at how quantitative models are actually used by investors and finds a whole space where human judgment, intuition and non-model based factors come into play as to when and how and to what degree financial models are actually implemented...
25 min
973
Anthony Ryan Hatch, "Silent Cells: The Secret D...
Over the past forty years, U.S. prisons and jails have used various psychotropic drugs...
47 min
974
Lina del Castillo, "Crafting a Republic for the...
Lina del Castillo’s book explores scientific, geographic, and historiographic inventions in nineteenth-century Colombia...
63 min
975
Diana Pasulka, "American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion...
More than half of American adults and more than seventy-five percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life...
55 min
976
Robin Scheffler, “A Contagious Cause: The Ameri...
Could cancer be a contagious disease? Although this possibility might seem surprising to many of us, it has a long history...
38 min
977
Greta LaFleur, "The Natural History of Sexualit...
The book effectively historicizes categories that are often take for granted (sex, race, vice, habit), and shows us not only their temporal contingency, but by inviting the reader to delve into the strangeness of early modern ontologies and epistemologies...
77 min
978
Anna Rose Alexander, "City on Fire: Technology,...
Alexander examines the approaches to dealing with the ever-present threat of fire in Mexico City in an era in which technology and modernity were transforming the city in fundamental ways...
37 min
979
David Beer, “The Data Gaze: Capitalism, Power a...
What is the social role of data?
34 min
980
Daniel Nemser, "Infrastructures of Race: Concen...
Nemser examines the long history of how Spanish imperial rule depended upon spatial concentration – the gathering of people and things into centralized spaces – to control populations and consolidate power...
60 min
981
Philip W. Clements, "Science in an Extreme Envi...
Clements discusses the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition...
30 min
982
Amy Lippert, "Consuming Identities: Visual Cult...
Lippert explores the significance of the pictorial revolution in one of its vanguard cities: San Francisco, the revolving door of the gold rush...
115 min
983
Matthew Edney, "Cartography: The Ideal and Its ...
Edney chronicles precisely how the ideal of cartography that has developed in the West since 1800 has gone astray...
56 min
984
Paul Ramírez, "Enlightened Immunity: Mexico’s E...
Ramirez explores how laypeople impacted the new medical techniques and technologies implemented by the imperial state in the final decades of Spanish rule in colonial Mexico...
54 min
985
David Munns, "Engineering the Environment: Phyt...
The phytotron was not only at the center of post-war plant science, but also connected to the Cold War, commercial agriculture, and long-duration space flight...
31 min
986
Pauline W. Chen, "Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Refle...
Dr. Pauline Chen shares her experiences as a medical student and transplant surgeon and how they’ve shaped the way she practices medicine.
39 min
987
Camisha Russell, "The Assisted Reproduction of ...
While there is a robust scientific consensus that there is no meaningful genetic basis for race, Russell’s analysis of the role of race in ARTs reveals that when it comes to producing kinship, race is still doing a great deal of work.
75 min
988
Heidi Tworek, "News from Germany: The Competiti...
Tworek explores how elites in academia, business, and government fought over the regulation of news at home and sought to use communications to extend German power abroad.
55 min
989
Terence Keel, "Divine Variations: How Christian...
With trenchant analyses of Christian intellectual history and the founding figures of ethnology, Keel documents an infrastructure of  thought – about universalism, the supercession of knowledge, creation, and human dispersion – that shaped and still shapes the science of race...
51 min
990
Jeannette Eileen Jones, "Search of Brightest Af...
Jones talks about the many different groups, from naturalists and conservationists to African American artists and intellectuals, who begin to recast Africa in the America imagination in the early 20th century...
27 min
991
Thomas Dodman, "What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire...
Dodman explores the history of nostalgia from the late seventeenth to the late nineteenth century...
59 min
992
Nara Milanich, "Paternity: The Elusive Quest fo...
Milanich explains how fatherhood, long believed to be impossible to know with certainty, became a biological “fact” that could be ascertained with scientific testing...
61 min
993
Abigail De Kosnik and Keith P. Feldman, "#Ident...
De Kosnik and Feldman bring together a broad array of chapters that dive into multiple perspectives on social media engagement, especially around hashtag activism and the ways that individuals think about and interact with others via Twitter in regard to social movements and political involvement...
58 min
994
Scott Wallace, "The Unconquered: In Search of t...
Wallace talks about a 2002 FUNAI expedition to find the Arrow People, one of the last uncontacted tribes in the world.,,
32 min
995
Kerim Yasar, "Electrified Voices: How the Telep...
Kerim Yasar argues that modern technologies of sound reproduction and transmission have had profound—and often underappreciated—social, economic, and political effects...
89 min
996
Gökçe Günel, "Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, ...
Gökçe Günel explores the United Arab Emirates’s planned Masdar City, an experimental attempt at designing an emissions-free society.
41 min
997
Heike Bauer, "The Hirschfeld Archives: Violence...
Influential sexologist and activist Magnus Hirschfeld founded Berlin's Institute of Sexual Sciences in 1919 as a home and workplace to study homosexual rights activism and support transgender people...
39 min
998
Martin Collins, "A Telephone for the World: Mot...
Using Motorola as a case study, A Telephone for the World tracks how U.S. businesses navigated the end of the twentieth century, a moment marked by the rise of neoliberalism, the economic challenge of Japan, and the end of the Cold War.
50 min
999
F. Grillo and R. Nanetti, "Democracy and Growth...
Is democracy still the best political regime for countries to adapt to economic and technological pressures and increase their level of prosperity?
38 min
1000
Matthew Hersch, "Inventing the American Astrona...
It seems logical that would NASA select military test pilots to be the first astronauts, right?
35 min