New Books in Science

Interviews with Scientists about their New Books

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Anjan Chakravartty, "A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable" (Cambridge UP, 2007)

Near the opening of his book A Metaphysics for Scientific Realism: Knowing the Unobservable (Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback 2010), Anjan Chakravartty warns readers: snack before reading! Though the occasional exemplary slice of pumpkin pie...


 2012-07-27  1h6m

P. Kyle Stanford, "Exceeding Our Grasp: Science, History, and the Problem of Unconceived Alternatives" (Oxford UP, 2006)

Should we really believe what our best scientific theories tell us about the world, especially about parts of the world that we can’t see? This question informs a long history of debates over scientific realism and the extent to which…


 2012-07-17  1h20m

Hanna Rose Shell, "Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance" (Zone Books, 2012)

Imagine a world wherein the people who wrote history books were artists, the books occasionally read like poetry, and the stories in them ranged from Monty Python skits to the natural history of chameleons to the making of classic sniper…


 2012-07-09  1h4m

Philip Kitcher, "Science in a Democratic Society" (Prometheus Books, 2011)

Philip Kitcher‘s Science in a Democratic Society (Prometheus Books, 2011) is an ambitious work that does many things at the same time. It offers a compelling theory of democracy, public knowledge, and a "well-ordered science" that engages the two.…


 2012-06-09  1h0m

D. Graham Burnett, "The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century" (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

Graham Burnett’s The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century (University of Chicago Press, 2012) is an astounding book. It is an inspiring work, both in the depth of research brought to bear in Burnett’s account…


 2012-05-15  1h6m

Paul Thagard, “The Cognitive Science of Science: Explanation, Discovery, and Conceptual Change” (MIT Press, 2012)

We’ve all heard about scientific revolutions, such as the change from the Ptolemaic geocentric universe to the Copernican heliocentric one. Such drastic changes are the meat-and-potatoes of historians of science and philosophers of science.


 2012-05-15  1h5m

Lawrence Busch, "Standards: Recipes for Reality" (MIT Press, 2011)

As Lawrence Busch reminds us, standards are all around us governing seating arrangements, medicine, experimental objects and subjects and even romance novels. In Standards: Recipes for Reality (MIT Press, 2011) Busch provides a wide ranging and accessi...


 2012-04-17  1h0m

David Edwards, "The Lab: Creativity and Culture" (Harvard University Press, 2010)

To say that David Edwards‘s The Lab: Creativity and Culture (Harvard University Press, 2010) is inspiring would be a profound understatement. In a series of concise, focused chapters that range from "Dreams" to "Translational Change," Edwards maps out a…


 2012-04-02  51m

John Eric Goff, "Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2009)

The instructor of my freshman physics course fit the stereotype of a physics professor: unkempt white hair, black glasses case in the breast pocket of his short-sleeved shirt, thick German accent, and a tendency to mumble to himself while mulling…


 2011-08-15  1h2m

Mark Stephen Meadows, “We Robot: Skywalker’s Hand, Blade Runners, Iron Man, Slutbots, and How Fiction Became Fact” (Lyons Press, 2011)

If technology is the site of digital culture, then robots are the future platforms of our social projections and interactions. In fact, that future is already here in small but fascinating ways. Mark Stephen Meadows is one of a handful…


 2011-07-06  54m