New Books in Science

Interviews with Scientists about their New Books

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David Munns, "A Single Sky: How an International Community Forged the Science of Radio Astronomy" (MIT Press, 2012)


How do you measure a star? In the middle of the 20th century, an interdisciplinary and international community of scientists began using radio waves to measure heavenly bodies and transformed astronomy as a result. David P. D. Munns‘s new…


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 2013-07-29  1h7m
 
 

Nathaniel Comfort, "The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine" (Yale UP, 2012)


"This is a history of promises."So begins Nathaniel Comfort‘s gripping and beautifully written new book on the relationships between and entanglements of medical genetic and eugenics in the history of the twentieth century.


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 2013-07-05  1h8m
 
 

Maki Fukuoka, "The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in 19th-Century Japan" (Stanford UP, 2012)


Zograscope. Say it with me: zograscope. ZooooOOOOOoooograscope. There are many optical wonders in Maki Fukuoka’s new book The Premise of Fidelity: Science, Visuality, and Representing the Real in 19th-Century Japan  (Stanford University Press, 2012),


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 2013-06-22  1h8m
 
 

Brian Clegg, "Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe" (Icon Books, 2013)


The book discussed in this interview is Dice World: Science and Life in a Random Universe (Icon Books, 2013), by Brian Clegg, an acclaimed British writer of books on science for the general public. Brian has a knack…


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 2013-06-04  51m
 
 

Helen Longino, "Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality" (University of Chicago Press, 2013)


What explains human behavior? It is standard to consider answers from the perspective of a dichotomy between nature and nurture, with most researchers today in agreement that it is both. For Helen Longino, Clarence Irving Lewis Professor of Philosophy…


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 2013-05-15  1h2m
 
 

Victor Stenger, “God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion” (Prometheus, 2012)


Are science and religion compatible, or are they fundamentally different ways of viewing the world? In the book,God and the Folly of Faith: The Incompatibility of Science and Religion(Prometheus, 2012), physicist Victor Stenger uses his knowledge of sc...


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 2013-05-07  50m
 
 

Marlene Zuk, "Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live" (Norton, 2013)


The Hebrews called it "Eden." The Greeks and Romans called it the "Golden Age." The philosophes–or Rousseau at least–called it the "State of Nature." Marx and Engels called it "Primitive Communism." The underlying notion, however, is the same: there was…


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 2013-04-22  55m
 
 

Kathleen M. Vogel, "Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2012)


Kathleen M. Vogel‘s new book is enlightening and inspiring. Phantom Menace or Looming Danger?: A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) uses an approach grounded in deep ethnographic analysis of exemplary ...


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 2013-04-17  1h8m
 
 

Meir Hemmo and Orly Shenker, "The Road to Maxwell’s Demon: Conceptual Foundations of Statistical Mechanics" (Cambridge UP, 2012)


Among the very many puzzling aspects of the physical world is this: how do we explain the fact that the laws of thermodynamics are time-asymmetric while those of statistical mechanics are time-symmetric? If the fundamental physical laws do not require…


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 2013-04-15  1h4m
 
 
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 2013-02-13  30m