New Books in Science, Technology, and...

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

Science
Social Sciences
701
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
702
Christina Dunbar-Hester, "Hacking Diversity: Th...
Dunbar-Hester investigates how open-technology communities are considering the question of diversity and inclusion.
34 min
703
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
704
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
705
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
706
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
707
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
708
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
709
Matto Mildenberger, "Carbon Captured: How Busin...
Why do some countries pass legislation regulating carbon or protecting the environment while others do not?
59 min
710
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
711
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
712
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
713
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
714
Rachel Mundy, "Animal Musicalities: Birds, Beas...
What makes song sparrows, Verdi, medieval monks, and minstrelsy part of the same taxonomy?
81 min
715
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
716
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
717
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
718
He Bian, "Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Cult...
Bian offers a beautiful cultural history of pharmacy in early modern China..
80 min
719
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
720
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
721
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
722
Lee McIntyre, "The Scientific Attitude: Defendi...
What can explain the success of science as an endeavor for getting closer to truth?
28 min
723
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
724
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
725
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
726
Mariann Hardey, "The Culture of Women in Tech: ...
What is the culture of the tech industry?
40 min
727
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
728
Nathan G. Alexander, "Race in a Godless World: ...
Is modern racism a product of secularization and the decline of Christian universalism?
40 min
729
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
730
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
731
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
732
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
733
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
734
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
735
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
736
Brian Greene, "Until the End of Time: Mind, Mat...
Greene offers the the reader a theory of everything...
117 min
737
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
738
Elinor Carmi, "Media Distortions: Understanding...
What is spam?
33 min
739
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
740
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
741
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
742
Paul Harkins, "Digital Sampling: The Design and...
How does technology shape music?
44 min
743
Robert Sroufe et al, "The Power of Existing Bui...
Your building has the potential to change the world...
54 min
744
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
745
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
746
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
747
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
748
Lee Vinsel, "Moving Violations: Automobiles, Ex...
Vinsel argues that automobiles have been shaped by government regulation through and through...
45 min
749
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
750
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
751
Leslie M. Harris, "Slavery and the University: ...
How involved with slavery were American universities? And what does their involvement mean for us?
56 min
752
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
753
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
754
Lloyd B. Minor, "Discovering Precision Health" ...
Our conversation covers innovative progress underway in replacing reactive medicine with precision and prevention...
55 min
755
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
756
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
757
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
758
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
759
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
760
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
761
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
762
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
763
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
764
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
765
Matt Cook, "Sleight of Mind: 75 Ingenious Parad...
According to Cook, a paradox paradox is a sophisticated kind of magic trick...
51 min
766
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
767
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
768
Margaret E. Roberts, "Censored: Distraction and...
Roberts reveals the nuances of Chinese censorship in the age of the internet...
47 min
769
Maurice Finocchiaro, "On Trial for Reason: Scie...
Finocchiaro shows that there were (and are) really two Galileo “affairs.”
61 min
770
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
771
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
772
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, "Übermensch: Plädoyer Fü...
Sorgner makes the case for a Nietzschean transhumanism...
74 min
773
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
774
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
775
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
776
Adrian Wisnicki, "Fieldwork of Empire, 1840-190...
Adrian Wisnicki talks about the British expeditionary literature of the late 1800s.
31 min
777
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
778
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
779
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
780
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
781
David J. Gunkel, "Robot Rights" (MIT Press, 2018)
Should robots have rights?
88 min
782
Phillipa Chong, “Inside the Critics’ Circle: Bo...
How does the world of book reviews work?
39 min
783
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
784
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
785
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
786
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
787
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
788
Francesca Minerva, "The Ethics of Cryonics: Is ...
Minerva discusses the moral concerns of cryonics...
57 min
789
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
790
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
791
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
792
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
793
Kyle Devine, "Decomposed: The Political Ecology...
What is the human and environmental cost of music?
40 min
794
Russell A. Newman, "The Paradoxes of Network Ne...
Newman sets out to provide an explication of the debates surrounding network neutrality...
39 min
795
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
796
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
797
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
798
Alexis Elder, "Friendship, Robots, and Social M...
Can robots be our friends?
70 min
799
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
800
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