New Books in Science, Technology, and...

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

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Social Sciences
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David Kaiser, "Quantum Legacies: Dispatches fro...
David Kaiser is a truly unique scholar: he is simultaneously a physics researcher and a historian of science whose writing beautifully melds the past and future of science....
78 min
202
Lizzie O’Shea, "Future Histories" (Verso, 2019)
When we talk about technology we always talk about the future—which makes it hard to figure out how to get there...
68 min
203
Sabine Hildebrandt, "The Anatomy of Murder: Eth...
Of the many medical specializations to transform themselves during the rise of National Socialism, anatomy has received relatively little attention from historians...
22 min
204
Greg Mitchell, "The Beginning or the End: How H...
A movie that began as a cautionary tale inspired by atomic scientists aiming to warn the world against a nuclear arms race would be drained of all impact due to revisions and retakes ordered by President Truman and the military..,.
59 min
205
Rachel Mundy, "Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beas...
What makes song sparrows, Verdi, medieval monks, and minstrelsy part of the same taxonomy?
81 min
206
Allison Bigelow, "Mining Language: Racial Think...
The Spanish Empire in particular was created for and founded upon the mining and coining of silver ore from its colonies...
42 min
207
Ruth Leys, "The Ascent of Affect: Genealogy and...
Leys focuses on the post–World War II period, when interest in emotions as an object of study began to revive...
57 min
208
Eric Holthaus, "The Future Earth: A Radical Vis...
Holthaus offers a radical vision of our future, specifically how to reverse the short- and long-term effects of climate change over the next three decades...
56 min
209
Ainissa Ramirez, "The Alchemy of Us: How Humans...
Ramirez examines eight inventions―clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, scientific labware, and silicon chips―and reveals how they shaped the human experience....
36 min
210
Lee McIntyre, "The Scientific Attitude: Defendi...
What can explain the success of science as an endeavor for getting closer to truth?
28 min
211
Alejandra Bronfman, "Isles of Noise: Sonic Medi...
Bronfman traces the emergence and growth of telecommunications technologies in Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba during the first half of the twentieth century...
53 min
212
Julia Obertreis, "Imperial Desert Dreams: Cotto...
Obertreis explores the infrastructural, technical, and environmental aspects of the history of cotton agriculture and irrigation in Soviet Central Asia...
43 min
213
Mariann Hardey, "The Culture of Women in Tech: ...
What is the culture of the tech industry?
40 min
214
Nathan G. Alexander, "Race in a Godless World: ...
Is modern racism a product of secularization and the decline of Christian universalism?
40 min
215
Henry M. Cowles, "The Scientific Method: An Evo...
The idea of a single scientific method, shared across specialties and teachable to ten-year-olds, is just over a hundred years old...
52 min
216
David R. Grimes, "The Irrational Ape: Why Flawe...
What are some of the prevalent ways in which we lie to ourselves and limit our flexibility?
39 min
217
Jonathan Gelber, "Tiger Woods’s Back and Tommy ...
Gelber examines several athletes through the prism of the “Cobra Effect, ”a phenomenon that occurs when an attempted solution to a problem results in an unintended consequence...
34 min
218
A Very Square Peg: A Podcast Series about Polym...
Eisler argues that modern humans are descended from primates who imitated the hunting practices and pack hierarchies of wolves during the scarcity of the ice age...
49 min
219
Kurt Braddock, "Weaponized Words" (Cambridge UP...
Braddock applies existing theories of persuasion to domains unique to this digital era, such as social media, YouTube, websites, and message boards to name but a few....
55 min
220
Jay Timothy Dolmage, "Disabled Upon Arrival: Eu...
Dolmage links anti-immigration rhetoric to eugenics—the flawed “science” of controlling human population based on racist and ableist ideas about bodily values...
67 min
221
Sam Han, "(Inter)Facing Death: Life in Global U...
Han analyzes the nexus of death and digital culture in the contemporary moment in the context of recent developments in social, cultural and political theory....
49 min
222
Brian Greene, "Until the End of Time: Mind, Mat...
Greene offers the the reader a theory of everything...
117 min
223
Donald Stevens, "Mexico in the Time of Cholera"...
Stevens uses the 1833 Cholera epidemic that devastated independent Mexico as his his point of departure, this is not primarily a medical history...
37 min
224
Anthony Valerio, "Semmelweis: The Women's Docto...
Though his advice has saved the lives of millions of people, the name Ignaz Semmelweis is not one commonly known today...
58 min
225
Elinor Carmi, "Media Distortions: Understanding...
What is spam?
33 min
226
Govind Gopakumar, "Installing Automobility: Eme...
Automobiles and their associated infrastructures, deeply embedded in Western cities, have become a rapidly growing presence in the mega-cities of the Global South...
53 min
227
Nick Prior, "Popular Music, Digital Technology ...
Prior explores the social, cultural and industrial contexts for the changes that have taken place in popular music since the widespread adoption of digital technology by creators, distributors, and listeners from the early 1980s onward...
68 min
228
Kory Olson, "The Cartographic Capital: Mapping ...
Olson situates the urban geography of Paris and the very material of maps of the city at the heart of the story of Republican national consolidation, from the initial stabilization of the Third Republic to the 1930s...
57 min
229
Paul Harkins, "Digital Sampling: The Design and...
How does technology shape music?
44 min
230
Robert Sroufe et al, "The Power of Existing Bui...
Your building has the potential to change the world...
54 min
231
John R. Gallagher, "Update Culture and the Afte...
Looking at wealth of case studies among Amazon reviewers, redditors, and established journals, "Update Culture" is a deep diver into the many factors that contribute to the circulation of a digital text
70 min
232
Ayala Fader, "Hidden Heretics: Jewish Doubt in ...
What would you do if you questioned your religious faith, but revealing that would cause you to lose your family and the only way of life you had ever known?
90 min
233
Laurence Monnais, "The Colonial Life of Pharmac...
Monnais examines the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, looking at both circulation and consumption, considering access to drugs and the existence of multiple therapeutic options in a colonial context...
46 min
234
Andre Brock, "Distributed Blackness: African Am...
Brock theorizes what it means to be Black online, particularly when the physical body can neither be understood nor constrained...
42 min
235
Lee Vinsel, "Moving Violations: Automobiles, Ex...
Vinsel argues that automobiles have been shaped by government regulation through and through...
45 min
236
Patrick M. Condon, "Five Rules for Tomorrow’s C...
How we design our cities over the next four decades will be critical for our planet...
54 min
237
Jathan Sadowski, "Too Smart" (MIT Press, 2020)
The ubiquity of technology that collects massive volumes of all kinds of data lends itself to one overarching question: “What?” As in what is the purpose(s) of this collection? What are the benefits? And, what are the impacts?
46 min
238
Leslie M. Harris, "Slavery and the University: ...
How involved with slavery were American universities? And what does their involvement mean for us?
56 min
239
Wade Roush, "Extraterrestrials" (MIT Press, 2020)
Roush examines one of the great unsolved problems in science: is there life, intelligent or otherwise, on other planets?
52 min
240
A. B. Chastain and T. W. Lorek, "Itineraries of...
The essays in this volume reshape our understanding of Latin America's Long Cold War.
45 min
241
Lloyd B. Minor, "Discovering Precision Health" ...
Our conversation covers innovative progress underway in replacing reactive medicine with precision and prevention...
55 min
242
Jodi Hilty, "Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscap...
Hilty and her co-authors expand on concepts and practices important to maintaining and restoring land connectivity...
52 min
243
Wenfei Tong, "Bird Love: The Family Life of Bir...
Tong looks at the extraordinary range of mating systems in the avian world, exploring all the stages from courtship and nest-building to protecting eggs and raising chicks...
51 min
244
Carlo Caduff, "The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic E...
In this episode, we discuss the pandemic when it was a ‘perhaps’, unpack the blurring of reason and faith among expert interlocutors and draw out lessons on preparedness and its paradoxes for the present global coronavirus crisis...
47 min
245
Thor Magnusson, "Sonic Writing: Technologies of...
Magnusson provides a sweeping overview of the tools and techniques of music-making both before and after the dawn of computing...
75 min
246
Theodora Varbouli and Olga Touloumi, "Computer ...
This book paints the landscape that brought computing into the imagination, production, and management of the built environment, whilst foregrounding the impact of architecture in shaping technological development...
56 min
247
Brian A. Stauffer, "Victory on Earth or in Heav...
Stauffer reconstructs the history of Mexico's forgotten "Religionero" rebellion of 1873-1877, an armed Catholic challenge to the government of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada...
58 min
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Amy Koerber, “From Hysteria to Hormones: A Rhet...
Koerber shows that the boundary between older, nonscientific ways of understanding women’s bodies and newer, scientific understandings is much murkier than we might expect...
61 min
249
Paul Nahin, "Hot Molecules, Cold Electrons" (Pr...
Nahin offers a thorough study of the history and mathematics of the heat equation, which is not only important as an analysis of heat, its analysis marked the beginning of Fourier series...
49 min
250
Owen Whooley, "On the Heels of Ignorance: Psych...
Whooley’s book is no anti-psychiatric screed; instead, he reveals a field that has muddled through periodic reinventions and conflicting agendas of curiosity, compassion, and professional striving.
59 min
251
Arthur Asseraf, "Electric News in Colonial Alge...
Asseraf examines the workings of the “news ecosystem” in Algeria from the 1880s to the beginning of the Second World War...
59 min
252
Matt Cook, "Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Parad...
According to Cook, a paradox paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick...
51 min
253
Neil Selwyn, "What is Digital Sociology?" (Poli...
Selwyn examines the concepts, tools and practices that sociologists are developing to analyze the intersections of the social and the digital...
53 min
254
Adrian Currie, "Rock, Bone, and Ruin: An Optimi...
Currie explains that these scientists are “methodological omnivores,” with a variety of strategies and techniques at their disposal, and that this gives us every reason to be optimistic about their capacity to uncover truths about prehistory...
52 min
255
Margaret E. Roberts, "Censored: Distraction and...
Roberts reveals the nuances of Chinese censorship in the age of the internet...
47 min
256
Maurice Finocchiaro, "On Trial for Reason: Scie...
Finocchiaro shows that there were (and are) really two Galileo “affairs.”
61 min
257
Joseph Reagle, "Hacking Life: Systematized Livi...
Reagle examines these attempts to systematize living and finds that they are the latest in a long series of self-improvement methods...
73 min
258
Great Books: Julie Carlson on Mary Shelley's "F...
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus when she was nineteen years old on a bet...
50 min
259
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, "Übermensch: Plädoyer Fü...
Sorgner makes the case for a Nietzschean transhumanism...
74 min
260
Melissa Kravetz, "Women Doctors in Weimar and N...
Kravetz examines how German women physicians gained a foothold in the medical profession during the Weimar and Nazi periods,..
57 min
261
Nancy Appelbaum, "Mapping the Country of Region...
Appelbaum reconstructs how elites, through visual and textual methodologies, envisioned the nation and its component parts...
57 min
262
Jacob Turner, "Robot Rules: Regulating Artifici...
Turner explains why AI is unique, what legal and ethical problems it could cause, and how we can address them...
73 min
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Jerome Whitington, "Anthropogenic Rivers: The P...
Whitington examines the dynamics and discourses centered around the development of hydropower dams in the Mekong River Basin...
38 min
264
Adrian Wisnicki, "Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-190...
Adrian Wisnicki talks about the British expeditionary literature of the late 1800s.
31 min
265
Kate Devlin, "Turned On: Science, Sex and Robot...
Devlin builds on the science and the philosophy surrounding our most intimate relationship with technology...
61 min
266
Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, "Data Fem...
D'Ignazio and Klein call for changing the way we think about data and how it is communicated, particularly through visualization...
34 min
267
Michael Rechtenwald, "Google Archipelago: The D...
Rechtenwald argues that Big Digital technologies and their principals represent not only economic powerhouses but also new forms of governmental power...
97 min
268
David J. Gunkel, "Robot Rights" (MIT Press, 2018)
Should robots have rights?
88 min
269
Phillipa Chong, “Inside the Critics’ Circle: Bo...
How does the world of book reviews work?
39 min
270
Sarah Fawn Montgomery, "Quite Mad: An American ...
If you live in America, chances are good you’ve heard the term “mental health crisis” bandied about in the media...
35 min
271
Amy Shira Teitel, "Breaking the Chains of Gravi...
Amy Shira Teitel talks about Apollo and the community of people who are deeply attached to space history.
27 min
272
Virginia Eubanks, "Automating Inequality: How H...
Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America...
79 min
273
Angela Jones, "Camming: Money, Power, and Pleas...
Jones engages readers in a five-year mixed-methods study she conducted on the erotic webcam industry where she tells a pornographic story about the multibillion-dollar online sex industry that is colloquially known as “camming.”
50 min
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Alistair Sponsel, "Darwin’s Evolving Identity: ...
Dr. Alistair Sponsel talks about Darwin’s experiences on HMS Beagle and his early career as a naturalist...
33 min
275
Francesca Minerva, "The Ethics of Cryonics: Is ...
Minerva discusses the moral concerns of cryonics...
57 min
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Germaine R. Halegoua, "The Digital City: Media ...
Halegoua rethinks everyday interactions that humans have with digital infrastructures, navigation technologies, and social media as we move through the world...
51 min
277
Gil Eyal, "The Crisis of Expertise" (Polity, 2019)
Eyal argues that what needs to be explained is not a one-sided “mistrust of experts” but the two-headed pushmi-pullyu of unprecedented reliance on science and expertise, on the one hand, coupled with increased skepticism and dismissal of scientific findings and expert opinion, on the other...
63 min
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Michael F. Robinson, "The Coldest Crucible: Arc...
The disappearance of the Franklin Expedition in 1845 turned the Arctic into an object of fascination...
36 min
279
Shannon Vallor, "Technology and the Virtues" (O...
How can we possibly improve the chances that the human family will not only live, but live well, into the 21st century and beyond?
71 min
280
Kyle Devine, "Decomposed: The Political Ecology...
What is the human and environmental cost of music?
40 min
281
Russell A. Newman, "The Paradoxes of Network Ne...
Newman sets out to provide an explication of the debates surrounding network neutrality...
39 min
282
Allison Ochs, "Would I Have Sexted Back in the ...
Ochs combines experiences from her childhood with her research and expertise on teens and teen culture to write about experiences of teens and parents in navigating smartphones and increasing access to digital spaces...
64 min
283
Catherine Newell, "Destined for the Stars: Fait...
Catherine Newell talks about the religious roots of the final frontier, focusing on the collaboration of artist Chesley Bonestell, science writer Willy Ley, and the NASA rocket engineer Wernher von Braun...
35 min
284
Alexis Elder, "Friendship, Robots, and Social M...
Can robots be our friends?
70 min
285
K. Linder et al., "Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alt...
If you’re a grad student facing the ugly reality of finding a tenure-track job, you could easily be forgiven for thinking about a career change...
36 min
286
Christopher J. Phillips, "Scouting and Scoring:...
Phillips crafts a compelling narrative sure to delight baseball fans and historians of the human sciences alike...
43 min
287
Nancy D. Campbell, "OD: Naloxone and the Politi...
Over the last several years, overdose prevention has become the unlikely object of a social movement, powered by the miracle drug naloxone...
37 min
288
Neil Maher, "Apollo in the Age of Aquarius" (Ha...
Neil Maher talks about the social forces that shaped NASA in the 1960s and 70s, connecting the space race with the radical upheavals of the counterculture...
30 min
289
Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger, "Re-Enginee...
Every day, new warnings emerge about artificial intelligence rebelling against us.,,
86 min
290
J. L. Anderson, "Capitalist Pigs: Pigs, Pork, a...
Anderson provides a history of pigs in America from the first arrival on the continent in the Columbian Exchange to the modern agribusiness of pork production...
55 min
291
Safi Bahcall, "Loonshots: How to Nurture the Cr...
Bahcall reveals a surprising new way of thinking about the mysteries of group behavior that challenges everything we thought we knew about nurturing radical breakthroughs...
55 min
292
Ben Green, "The Smart Enough City: Putting Tech...
The “smart city,” presented as the ideal, efficient, and effective for meting out services, has capture the imaginations of policymakers, scholars, and urban-dweller. But what are the possible drawbacks of living in an environment that is constantly collecting data?
31 min
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Daniel Kennefick, "No Shadow of Doubt: The 1919...
Daniel Kennefick talks about resistance to relativity theory in the early twentieth century and the huge challenges that faced British astronomers who wanted to test the theory during the solar eclipse of 1919...
36 min
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James Schwartz, "The Ethics of Space Exploratio...
This book aims to contribute significantly to the understanding of issues of value which repeatedly emerge in interdisciplinary discussions on space and society...
64 min
295
Jessica Lynne Pearson, "The Colonial Politics o...
Pearson recounts France’s collision with the UN and World Health Organization in the immediate post-World War II years...
45 min
296
Rachel Louise Moran, "Governing Bodies: America...
How did the modern, American body come into being?
47 min
297
Alice Hill, "Building a Resilient Tomorrow: How...
Hill and Martinez-Diaz draw on their personal experiences as senior officials in the Obama Administration to tell behind-the-scenes stories of what it really takes to advance progress on climate change issues...
41 min
298
Neil McArthur, "Robot Sex: Social and Ethical I...
Sexbots are coming...
68 min
299
Lydia Barnett, "After the Flood: Imagining the ...
Many centuries before the emergence of the scientific consensus on climate change, people began to imagine the existence of a global environment: a natural system capable of changing humans and of being changed by them...
41 min
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Robert Rozehnal, "Cyber Sufis: Virtual Expressi...
What happens when the digital world meets Sufism?
60 min