New Books in Science

Interviews with Scientists about their New Books

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A. Mark Smith, "From Sight to Light: The Passage from Ancient to Modern Optics" (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

A. Mark Smith‘s new book is a magisterial history of optics over the course of two millennia. From Sight to Light: The Passage from Ancient to Modern Optics (University of Chicago Press, 2015) suggests that the transition from ancient…


 2015-03-21  1h0m

Nick Wilding, "Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge" (U Chicago Press, 2014)

Nick Wilding‘s new book is brilliant, thoughtful, and an absolute pleasure to read. Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and The Politics of Knowledge (University of Chicago Press, 2014) takes an unusual approach to understanding Galileo and his conte...


 2015-03-15  1h10m

Edmund Russell, "Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth" (

Evolution is among the most powerful ideas in the natural sciences. Indeed, the evolutionary theorist Theodosius Dobzhansky famously said nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution. Yet despite its central place in the life science...


 2015-03-11  48m

Orit Halpern, “Beautiful Data: A History of Vision and Reason since 1945” (Duke UP, 2014)

The second half of the twentieth century saw a radical transformation in approaches to recording and displaying information. Orit Halpern‘s new book traces the emergence of the “communicative objectivity” that resulted from this shift and produce...


 2015-03-09  1h13m

Nicolas Rasmussen, "Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

Nicolas Rasmussen‘s new book maps the intersection of biotechnology and the business world in the last decades of the twentieth century. Gene Jockeys: Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise (Johns Hopkins University Press,


 2015-01-30  1h3m

Karen A. Rader and Victoria E. M. Cain, "Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century" (U of Chicago Press, 2014)

In lucid prose that’s a real pleasure to read, Karen Rader and Victoria Cain‘s new book chronicles a revolution in modern American science education and culture. Life on Display: Revolutionizing U. S. Museums of Science & Natural History in …


 2015-01-16  1h9m

William Sheehan and Christopher Conselice, “Galactic Encounters” (Springer, 2014)

Galactic Encounters: Our Majestic and Evolving Star-System, From the Big Bang to Time’s End, by William Sheehan and Christopher Conselice, takes readers on a journey through time, unfolding the long history of investigation into the fuzzy objects–n...


 2015-01-12  1h4m

David A. Rothery, “Planet Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World” (Springer, 2014)

Planet Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World (Springer, 2014) by David A. Rothery, introduces the innermost planet in our solar system and brings readers up to speed on recent spacecraft discoveries and the unsolved mysteries of Mercury.…


 2014-12-28  1h7m

Vera Kolb, “Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach” (CRC Press, 2014)

Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach (CRC Press, 2014) is a new volume edited by Dr. Vera Kolb that brings together 37 authors from a variety of different research backgrounds to introduce this rapidly developing interdisciplinary field.


 2014-12-11  59m

Daniel Margocsy, "Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age" (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Dániel Margócsy‘s beautiful new book opens with a trip to Amsterdam by Baron Zacharias Conrad von Uffenbach, and closes with a shopping spree by Peter the Great. These two trips bookend a series of fascinating forays into the changing…


 2014-12-09  1h8m