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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John Whysner, "The Alchemy of Disease" (Columbi...
Whysner offers an accessible and compelling history of toxicology and its key findings....
47 min
502
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
503
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
504
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
505
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
506
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
507
Thom van Dooren, "The Wake of Crows: Living and...
van Dooren offers an exploration of the entangled lives of humans and crows...
66 min
508
Robert M. Geraci, "Temples of Modernity: Nation...
What is the relationship between science, religion and technology in Hinduism?
42 min
509
Yves Citton, "Mediarchy" (Polity Press, 2019)
We think that we live in democracies: in fact, we live in mediarchies...
63 min
510
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
511
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
512
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
513
Zachary Dorner, "Merchants of Medicine: The Com...
Dorner unravels the intertwined history of financial markets, health concerns, and colonial warfare...
58 min
514
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
515
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
516
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
517
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
518
Jessica Pierce, "Run, Spot, Run: The Ethics of ...
What obligations do we have to our pets?
70 min
519
Angèle Christin, "Metrics at Work: Journalism a...
How are algorithms changing journalism?
55 min
520
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
521
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
522
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
523
Emily Anthes, "The Great Indoors" (Scientific A...
Modern humans are an indoor species.,.
27 min
524
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
525
David J. Hand, "Dark Data: Why What You Don't K...
What you don't know can, in fact, hurt you...
74 min
526
Paul Offit, "Overkill: When Modern Medicine Goe...
Why Do Unnecessary and Often Counter-Productive Medical Interventions Happen So Often?
29 min
527
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
528
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
529
Scott Soames, "The World Philosophy Made: From ...
How has philosophy transformed human knowledge and the world we live in?
103 min
530
Nick Morgan, "Can You Hear Me? How to Connect w...
How is communicating virtually Is like eating Pringles forever?
41 min
531
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
532
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
533
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
534
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
535
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
536
C. Besteman and H. Gusterson, "Life by Algorith...
How can we understand computerization as a social process?
46 min
537
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
538
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
539
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
540
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
541
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
542
Jill A. Fisher, "Adverse Events: Race, Inequali...
Fischer explores the hidden world of pharmaceutical testing on healthy volunteers...
45 min
543
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
544
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
545
Danielle Giffort, "Acid Revival: The Psychedeli...
LSD is on your doctor's menu. At least not yet....
30 min
546
Stuart Ritchie, "Science Fictions: Exposing Fra...
Scientists seek the truth, and we rely on them. Should we?
75 min
547
Tanya Kant, "Making it Personal: Algorithmic Pe...
How are algorithms shaping our experience of the internet?
34 min
548
Orit Kamir, "Betraying Dignity" (Fairleigh Dick...
What do medieval knights, suicide bombers and "victimhood culture" have in common?
70 min
549
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
550
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
551
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
552
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
553
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
554
Charlton D. McIlwain, "Black Software: The Inte...
In connecting these threads, McIlwain demonstrates the centrality of African Americans to both the history and future of the Internet...
48 min
555
Mari K. Webel, "The Politics of Disease Control...
Webel tells a history of colonial interventions among three communities of the Great Lakes region of East Africa...
78 min
556
Melissa J. Wilde, "Birth Control Battles: How R...
Wilde shows that support for contraception among some of America’s most prominent religious groups was tied to white supremacist views of race, immigration, and manifest destiny....
62 min
557
Olivia Weisser, "ll Composed: Sickness, Gender,...
This book sits right at the intersection of all three of these subfields and contributes to our understanding of the lived experience of religion, the lived experience of gender, ideas about ‘nature,’ and, of course, the history of medicine...
39 min
558
T. Paulus and A. Wise, "Looking for Insight, Tr...
The book offers a comprehensive discussion of conducting research on online talk...
70 min
559
Sarah B. Rodriguez, "The Love Surgeon: A Story ...
Dr. James Burt believed women’s bodies were broken, and only he could fix them....
43 min
560
Solomon Goldstein-Rose, "The 100% Solution: A P...
In this New Books Network interview, we speak about the political, industrial, and scientific changes that need to occur by 2050 to solve climate change, as well as the importance of focusing on real solutions rather than wallowing in fear....
60 min
561
Paulo Drinot, "The Sexual Question: A History o...
Drinot studies the interplay of sexuality, society, and the state in Peru in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries...
59 min
562
Philip Butler, "Black Transhuman Liberation The...
Butler explores what might happen if Black people in the United States merged technology and spirituality in their fight towards materializing liberating realities...
44 min
563
Andrew Kettler, "The Smell of Slavery: Olfactor...
Kettler charts the impact that smell had on the making of race and justifications for enslavement in the Atlantic world....
51 min
564
Sasha Costanza-Chock, "Design Justice: Communit...
Design justice demands a deep understanding of the community and its needs, engagement with community members, and a recognition of their expertise, along with reciprocation of value....
34 min
565
Sandra Postel, "Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle o...
To understand our past and provide hope for our future Sandra takes readers around the world to explore water projects....
47 min
566
Marc Zimmer, "The State of Science" (Prometheus...
What does the horizon of science look like? Who are the scientists that are making it happen?
56 min
567
Christina Dunbar-Hester, "Hacking Diversity: Th...
Dunbar-Hester investigates how open-technology communities are considering the question of diversity and inclusion.
34 min
568
Will Rollason, "Motorbike People: Power and Pol...
Will’s book is an ethnography of taxi-moto drivers in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city...
55 min
569
Philip Reid, "The Merchant Ship in the British ...
Reid these vessels underwent considerable adaptation over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries in response to evolving technologies and the demands of their industry...
45 min
570
Eugenia Lean, "Vernacular Industrialism in Chin...
Lean offers a new understanding of industrialization, going beyond material factors to show the central role of culture and knowledge production in technological and industrial change....
52 min
571
Mark Anderson, "From Boas to Black Power: Racis...
By interrogating the Boasian intervention into the idea of biological race, Anderson shows how, despite their progressive and anti-racist intentions, Boas and ‘the Boasians’ naturalised the idea of the United States as a white nation...
49 min
572
Luz María Hernández Sáenz, "Carving a Niche: Th...
Sáenz follows the trajectory of physicians in their quest for the professionalization of medicine in Mexico...
59 min
573
Elizabeth A. Williams, "Appetite and Its Discon...
Williams explores contemporary worries about eating through the lens of science and medicine to show us how appetite—once a matter of personal inclination—became an object of science....
49 min
574
Fay Bound Alberti, "A Biography of Loneliness: ...
Fay Bound Alberti argues that loneliness is not an ahistorical, universal phenomenon. It is, in fact, a modern emotion: before 1800, its language did not exist...
50 min
575
Philip M. Plotch, "Last Subway: The Long Wait f...
Plotch discusses the problems of uneven funding, high costs, and political machinations that hobble the subway system-- and how, on Second Avenue, they were finally overcome...
39 min
576
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
577
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
578
Matto Mildenberger, "Carbon Captured: How Busin...
Why do some countries pass legislation regulating carbon or protecting the environment while others do not?
59 min
579
P. W. Singer and A. Cole, "Burn-In: A Novel of ...
An FBI agent hunts a new kind of terrorist through a Washington, DC, of the future - at once a gripping technothriller and a fact-based tour of tomorrow.
24 min
580
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
581
Rachel Mundy, "Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beas...
What makes song sparrows, Verdi, medieval monks, and minstrelsy part of the same taxonomy?
81 min
582
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
583
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
584
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
585
He Bian, "Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Cult...
Bian offers a beautiful cultural history of pharmacy in early modern China..
80 min
586
Doron Galili, "Seeing by Electricity: The Emerg...
With the burst of new technologies in the 1870s, many inventors and visionaries believed that the transmission of moving images was just around the corner...
52 min
587
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
588
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
589
Lee McIntyre, "The Scientific Attitude: Defendi...
What can explain the success of science as an endeavor for getting closer to truth?
28 min
590
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
591
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
592
Mariann Hardey, "The Culture of Women in Tech: ...
What is the culture of the tech industry?
40 min
593
Ashley E. Kerr, "Sex, Skulls, and Citizens: Gen...
Kerr argues that Argentine scientific projects of the era were not just racial encounters, but were also conditioned by sexual relationships in all their messy, physical reality...
64 min
594
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
595
Nathan G. Alexander, "Race in a Godless World: ...
Is modern racism a product of secularization and the decline of Christian universalism?
40 min
596
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
597
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
598
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
599
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
600
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