New Books in Science, Technology, and...

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

Science
Social Sciences
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Ben Tarnoff and Moira Weigel, "Voices from the ...
Weigel and Tarnoff take an unprecedented dive into the tech industry, conducting unfiltered, in-depth, anonymous interviews with tech workers at all levels,,,
46 min
402
James D. Stein, "The Fate of Schrodinger's Cat:...
Stein shows how high-school algebra and basic probability theory, with the invaluable assistance of computer simulations, can be used to investigate both the intuitive and the counterintuitive....
73 min
403
A. Espay and B. Stecher, "Brain Fables: The Hid...
An estimated 80 million people live with a neurodegenerative disease, with this number expected to double by 2050...
76 min
404
Nancy D. Campbell, "OD: Naloxone and the Politi...
Campbell explores how a therapy that can stop an accidental drug overdose, called Naloxone, emerged in the American mainstream in the early years of the new millennium...
44 min
405
Peter Singer, "Why Vegan?: Eating Ethically" (L...
Singer brings together the most consequential essays of his career to make this devastating case against our failure to confront what we are doing to animals, to public health, and to our planet...
59 min
406
Richard Seymour, "The Twittering Machine" (Vers...
Former social media executives tell us that the system is an addiction-machine...
61 min
407
Glenn Sauer, "Points of Contact: Science, Relig...
Sauer presents a powerful and important framework for reconciling the historically changing divide between science and religion...
57 min
408
Harmony Bench, "Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digita...
Bench traces the changing ways dance is distributed and created on the internet from the heady early internet of the 1990s to the ubiquitous social media platforms of today.,,
48 min
409
Anna Weltman, "Supermath: The Power of Numbers ...
Weltman surveys a number of ways this conception of mathematics has informed scientific undertakings and public policies, not to mention our everyday behaviors, and makes a powerful case for reevaluating its assumptions...
104 min
410
Jeremy Snyder, "Exploiting Hope: How the Promis...
Snyder offers an in-depth study of hope's exploitation...
53 min
411
Matthew H. Rafalow, "Digital Divisions: How Sch...
Rafalow provides an ethnographic study of students and teachers at three Los Angeles schools utilizing instructional technology...
48 min
412
Jinee Lokaneeta, "The Truth Machines: Policing,...
Using case studies and the results of extensive fieldwork, this book considers the nature of state power and legal violence in liberal democracies by focusing on the interaction between law, science, and policing in India...
55 min
413
Xiaowei Wang, "Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Oth...
Wang explores how rural China is not just adapting the technology used around the world, but innovating on it...
34 min
414
Ray Ison, "Systems Practice: How to Act In Situ...
While various systems theories have received rigorous treatments across the literature of the field, reliable and robust advice for systems practice can be somewhat harder to come by...
63 min
415
Amalia Leguizamón, "Seeds of Power: Environment...
Leguizamón explores why Argentines largely support GM soy despite the widespread damage it creates...
58 min
416
Soraya de Chadarevian, "Heredity Under the Micr...
What are chromosomes? And what does it mean to treat them as visual objects?
49 min
417
Rosamond Rhodes, "The Trusted Doctor: Medical E...
Rhodes explicates the sixteen specific duties that doctors take on when they join the profession...
47 min
418
Dale Kedwards, "The Mappae Mundi of Medieval Ic...
The Icelandic mappae mundi were a series of maps produced in the late medieval period (c. 1225 - c. 1400) that bore witness to fundamental changes in the landscape of vernacular literary culture, scientific thinking and regional geopolitics...
64 min
419
K. C. Smith and C. Mariscal, "Social and Concep...
Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology focuses on the emerging scientific discipline of astrobiology, exploring many of the humanistic issues this multidisciplinary field is generating.
68 min
420
Sharon T. Strocchia, "Forgotten Healers: Women ...
Strocchia continues the work of her career: recentering the discourse to include the formative contributions of women in the Italian Renaissance...
28 min
421
Marisa Anne Bass, "Insect Artifice: Nature and ...
At the book’s center is a neglected treasure of the late Renaissance: the Four Elements manuscripts of Joris Hoefnagel (1542–1600), a learned Netherlandish merchant, miniaturist, and itinerant draftsman...
49 min
422
Jimena Canales, "Bedeviled: A Shadow History of...
Just as the demon-haunted world was being exorcized by the enlightening power of reason, a new kind of demon mischievously materialized in the scientific imagination itself....
42 min
423
Daniel Deudney, "Dark Skies: Space Expansionism...
Deudney argues that the major result of the "Space Age" has been to increase the likelihood of global nuclear war...
71 min
424
Laura DeNardis, "The Internet in Everything: Fr...
DeNardis shows that the policy tools and normative constructs we have built around the internet are outdated...
63 min
425
C. Thi Nguyen, "Games: Agency as Art" (Oxford U...
Monopoly, Solitaire, football and Minecraft are all games, but for C. Thi Nyugen they are also an art form – specifically, the art form of agency...
64 min
426
Jamie Merisotis, "Human Work in the Age of Smar...
Are robots going to be our overlords? No, we can make them our friends...
32 min
427
John Durham Peters, "Promiscuous Knowledge: Inf...
Cmiel and Peters provides a genealogy of the information age from its early origins up to the reign of Google...
56 min
428
Eric Rutkow, "The Longest Line on the Map The U...
Rutkow retraces the fascinating, decades-long history of the attempt to build the world’s longest highway...
49 min
429
Anthony Hodgson, "Systems Thinking for a Turbul...
This is the second episode of a two-part conversation with Hodgson...
42 min
430
Andrew Liu, "Tea War: A History of Capitalism i...
Liu’s book offers a fascinating new history of this ubiquitous beverage, leveraging its production, consumption, and global circulation to offer a fresh and compelling account of capitalist accumulation....
47 min
431
M. Bekoff and J. Pierce, "The Animals' Agenda: ...
A compelling argument that the time has come to use what we know about the fascinating and diverse inner lives of other animals on their behalf...
62 min
432
S. Myers and H. Frumkin, "Planetary Health: Pro...
Myers and Frumkin illustrate the interconnectedness of human health and the health of our planet...
41 min
433
Micha Rahder, "An Ecology of Knowledges: Fear, ...
Rahder offers a rich ethnography of knowledge-making practices in Guatemala's Maya Biosphere Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Central America...
55 min
434
I. Newkirk and G. Stone, "Animalkind: Remarkabl...
In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are—intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities...
46 min
435
Doug Specht, "Mapping Crisis: Participation, Da...
The digital age has thrown questions of representation, participation and humanitarianism back to the fore, as machine learning, algorithms and big data centres take over the process of mapping the subjugated and subaltern...
72 min
436
M. Newhart and W. Dolphin, "The Medicalization ...
Medical marijuana laws have spread across the U.S. to all but a handful of states. Yet, eighty years of social stigma and federal prohibition creates dilemmas for patients who participate in state programs...
46 min
437
Li Zhang, "Anxious China: Inner Revolution and ...
Zhang offers an in-depth ethnographic account of how an unfolding “inner revolution” is reconfiguring selfhood, psyche, family dynamics, sociality, and the mode of governing in post-socialist times...
73 min
438
Michael E. McCullough, "The Kindness of Strange...
Why Give a Damn About Strangers?
32 min
439
D. Bilak and T. Nummedal, "Furnace and Fugue. A...
In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens, an intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book designed to engage the ear, eye, and intellect..,
55 min
440
Dan Royles, "To Make the Wounded Whole: The Afr...
In the decades since it was identified in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated African American communities...
69 min
441
Valerie Olson, "Into the Extreme: U.S. Environm...
What if outer space is not outside the human environment but, rather, defines it?
64 min
442
Kristina M. Lyons, "Vital Decomposition: Soil P...
Lyons presents an ethnography of human-soil relations...
39 min
443
Rene Almeling, "GUYnecology: The Missing Scienc...
Almeling provides an in-depth look at why we do not talk about men’s reproductive health and this knowledge gap shapes reproductive politics today...
33 min
444
Scholarly Communication: An Interview with Joer...
Open Access is spelled with a capital O and a capital A at the Public Library of Science (or PLOS, for short), a nonprofit Open Access publisher...
65 min
445
Ernest Freeberg, "A Traitor to His Species: Hen...
In Gilded Age America, people and animals lived cheek-by-jowl in environments that were dirty and dangerous to man and animal alike...
59 min
446
Boel Berner, "Strange Blood: The Rise and Fall ...
In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried it as a cure for tuberculosis, pellagra and anemia...
56 min
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Margaret Heffernan, "Uncharted: How to Map and ...
Hefferman explores the people and organizations who aren’t daunted by uncertainty: ‘We are addicted to prediction, desperate for certainty about the future...
33 min
448
John Whysner, "The Alchemy of Disease" (Columbi...
Whysner offers an accessible and compelling history of toxicology and its key findings....
47 min
449
Arleen Tuchman, "Diabetes: A History of Race an...
Tuchman describes the history of how the perception of diabetes has evolved over the past two centuries...
54 min
450
Daniel Macfarlane, "Fixing Niagara Falls: Envir...
The first people to record their reactions to the falls in North America were fascinated by its beauty and power...
59 min
451
Anthony Hodgson, "Systems Thinking for a Turbul...
In the view of Anthony Hodgson, fragmentation of local and global societies is escalating, and this is aggravating vicious cycles...
46 min
452
Eric Weiner, "The Geography of Genius: Lessons ...
Living, as we do, in a time in which a U.S. president anoints himself “a very stable genius”, we are particularly appreciative of Eric Weiner, a former foreign correspondent for NPR who writes with humility and humor, as he brings us along with him on his travels to times and places that produced genius...
37 min
453
Jeremy England, "Every Life is on Fire: How The...
“How did life begin? Most things in the universe aren't alive, and yet if you trace the evolutionary history of plants and animals back far enough, you will find that, at some point, neither were we....
96 min
454
Thom van Dooren, "The Wake of Crows: Living and...
van Dooren offers an exploration of the entangled lives of humans and crows...
66 min
455
Robert M. Geraci, "Temples of Modernity: Nation...
What is the relationship between science, religion and technology in Hinduism?
42 min
456
Yves Citton, "Mediarchy" (Polity Press, 2019)
We think that we live in democracies: in fact, we live in mediarchies...
63 min
457
James L. Nolan, Jr., "Atomic Doctors: Conscienc...
After his father died, James L. Nolan, Jr., took possession of a box of private family materials. To his surprise, the small secret archive contained a treasure trove of information about his grandfather’s role as a doctor in the Manhattan Project...
38 min
458
Robert Kolker, "Hidden Valley Road: Inside The ...
This is the story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease....
43 min
459
Durba Mitra, "Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and th...
Mitra shows how deviant female sexuality, particularly the concept of the prostitute, became foundational to this knowledge project and became the primary way to think and write about Indian society...
43 min
460
Zachary Dorner, "Merchants of Medicine: The Com...
Dorner unravels the intertwined history of financial markets, health concerns, and colonial warfare...
58 min
461
Joseph E. Davis, "Chemically Imbalanced: Everyd...
Davis offers a field report on how ordinary people dealing with common problems explain their suffering, how they’re increasingly turning to the thin and mechanistic language of the “body/brain,” and what these encounters might tell us....
56 min
462
Carl Safina, "Becoming Wild: How Animal Culture...
Safina looks into three cultures of other-than-human beings in some of Earth’s remaining wild places. It shows how if you’re a sperm whale, a scarlet macaw, or a chimpanzee, you too experience your life with the understanding that you are an individual within a particular community...
62 min
463
Nick Chater, "The Mind Is Flat: The Remarkable ...
Chater contends just the opposite: rather than being the plaything of unconscious currents, the brain generates behaviors in the moment based entirely on our past experiences...
96 min
464
Jessica Pierce, "Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of ...
What obligations do we have to our pets?
70 min
465
Angèle Christin, "Metrics at Work: Journalism a...
How are algorithms changing journalism?
55 min
466
Gerald Posner, "Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Po...
Posner explores the fascinating and complex history of pharmaceutical and bio-tech industries. It is an industry like no other and a story like no other...
78 min
467
S. J. Potter, "Wireless Internationalism and Di...
Potter describes the efforts to use radio to promote global harmony and how they were eclipsed by nationalism and the weaponization of broadcasting as a propaganda tool...
45 min
468
David Haig, "From Darwin to Derrida: Selfish Ge...
Evolutionary biologist David Haig explains how a physical world of matter in motion gave rise to a living world of purpose and meaning...
42 min
469
Rodrigo Quian Quiroga, "NeuroScience Fiction" (...
Quiroga shows how the outlandish premises of many seminal science fiction movies are being made possible by new discoveries and technological advances in neuroscience and related fields.
58 min
470
Emily Anthes, "The Great Indoors" (Scientific A...
Modern humans are an indoor species.,.
27 min
471
Sandra Young, "The Early Modern Global South in...
Young proposes a new set of terms with which to understand the racialized imaginary inscribed in the scholarly texts that presented the peoples of the south as objects of an inquiring gaze from the north...
70 min
472
David J. Hand, "Dark Data: Why What You Don't K...
What you don't know can, in fact, hurt you...
74 min
473
Paul Offit, "Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goe...
Why Do Unnecessary and Often Counter-Productive Medical Interventions Happen So Often?
29 min
474
M. del Pilar Blanco and J. Page, "Geopolitics, ...
del Pilar Blanco and Page offer a wonderful and imaginative contribution to the fields of history of science, science and technology studies, and cultural studies....
60 min
475
Mary Augusta Brazelton, "Mass Vaccination: Citi...
Mary Augusta Brazelton examines the PRC's public health campaigns of the 1950s to explain just how China managed to inoculate almost six hundred million people against this and other deadly diseases...
92 min
476
Scott Soames, "The World Philosophy Made: From ...
How has philosophy transformed human knowledge and the world we live in?
103 min
477
Nick Morgan, "Can You Hear Me? How to Connect w...
How is communicating virtually Is like eating Pringles forever?
41 min
478
Steven Shapin, "The Scientific Revolution" (U C...
“There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution, and this is a book about it.” With this provocative and apparently paradoxical claim, Steven Shapin begins...
71 min
479
David Moon, "The American Steppes: The Unexpect...
Beginning in the 1870s, migrant groups from Russia's steppes settled in the similar environment of the Great Plains. Many were Mennonites. They brought plants...
54 min
480
J. Kim and E. Maloney, "Learning Innovation and...
Kim and Maloney document major transformations at colleges and universities that have been quietly taking place, even amidst noise about crisis and disruption...
30 min
481
Amelia Moore, "Destination Anthropocene: Scienc...
Moore offers a stellar example of the significance and role of humanistic – and specifically ethnographic – inquiry regarding how climate change has, is, and will change human and human-nonhuman relations....
43 min
482
Khary O. Polk, "Contagions of Empire: Scientifi...
Polk examines how the shifting views of Black military through the first half of the 20th century, as the U.S. increased its global empire and warfare...
54 min
483
C. Besteman and H. Gusterson, "Life by Algorith...
How can we understand computerization as a social process?
46 min
484
Katie Day Good, "Bring the World to the Child: ...
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, boosters of digital educational technologies emphasized that these platforms are vital tools for cultivating global citizenship...
36 min
485
Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, "The Good Drone: How S...
Choi-Fitzpatrick demonstrates that this technology – which is mostly associated with covert surveillance and remote warfare – has also served as a vital tool for activists, social movements...
40 min
486
Maile Arvin, "Possessing Polynesians: The Scien...
From their earliest encounters with Indigenous Pacific Islanders, white Europeans and Americans saw Polynesians as almost racially white...
62 min
487
Jill A. Fisher, "Adverse Events: Race, Inequali...
Fischer explores the hidden world of pharmaceutical testing on healthy volunteers...
45 min
488
Nadia Eghbal, "Working in Public: The Making an...
Most open-source code is not developed by big teams or equitable collaborations; it’s maintained by unseen individuals who work tirelessly to write and publish code that's consumed by millions....
64 min
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Jeffrey J. Kripal, "The Flip: Epiphanies of Min...
Kripal offers an ambitious, visionary program for unifying the sciences and the humanities to expand our minds, open our hearts, and negotiate a peaceful resolution to the culture wars...
45 min
490
Mack Hagood, "Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Contro...
How have we used twentieth- and twenty-first-century sound technologies to carve out sonic space out of the hustle and bustle of contemporary life?
78 min
491
Danielle Giffort, "Acid Revival: The Psychedeli...
LSD is on your doctor's menu. At least not yet....
30 min
492
Emily Pawley, "The Nature of the Future: Agricu...
Pawley examines a place and period of enormous agricultural vitality—antebellum New York State—and follows thousands of “improving agriculturists,..
61 min
493
Stuart Ritchie, "Science Fictions: Exposing Fra...
Scientists seek the truth, and we rely on them. Should we?
75 min
494
Orit Kamir, "Betraying Dignity" (Fairleigh Dick...
What do medieval knights, suicide bombers and "victimhood culture" have in common?
70 min
495
Tanya Kant, "Making it Personal: Algorithmic Pe...
How are algorithms shaping our experience of the internet?
34 min
496
J. Browning and T. Silver, "An Environmental Hi...
This sweeping new history recognizes that the Civil War was not just a military conflict but also a moment of profound transformation in Americans' relationship to the natural world....
56 min
497
Donna Drucker, "Contraception: A Concise Histor...
Drucker traces the history of modern contraception, outlining the development, manufacturing, and use of contraceptive methods from the opening of Dr. Jacobs's clinic to the present...
22 min
498
Joshua Nall, "News from Mars: Mass Media and th...
Nall shows us that a blurry boundary between science and journalism was a key feature—not a bug—of the emergence of modern astronomy....
61 min
499
Alex Sayf Cummings, "Brain Magnet: Research Tri...
Beginning in the 1950s, a group of academics, businesspeople, and politicians set out on an ambitious project to remake North Carolina’s low-wage economy...
35 min
500
Anton Howes, "Arts and Minds: How the Royal Soc...
Over the past 300 years, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has tried to improve British life in every way imaginable....
65 min