New Books in Science

Interviews with Scientists about their New Books

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 58m. Bisher sind 218 Folge(n) erschienen.


 2019-04-18  50m

episode 190: Christopher Preston, "The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World" (MIT Press, 2018)

Dr. Christopher Preston argues that what is most startling about the Anthropocene is not only how much impact humans have had, but how much deliberate shaping humans will do...


 2019-04-18  53m

episode 15: Discussion of Massive Online Peer Review and Open Access Publishing

In the information age, knowledge is power. Hence, facilitating the access to knowledge to wider publics empowers citizens and makes societies more democratic...


 2019-03-19  32m

episode 186: Rick Van Noy, "Sudden Spring: Stories of Adaptation in a Climate-Changed South" (U Georgia Press, 2019)

Van Noy decided not to follow the well-trodden path of trying to prove climate change science, nor did he bark about an irreversible tipping point. Instead, he provides us with a much-needed focus on communities...


 2019-03-08  49m

episode 76: Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson, "Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body" (Avery, 2017)

Emotional Intelligence involves self awareness, self control, relationship management and social awareness....


 2019-02-13  54m

episode 179: Jonathan Birch, "The Philosophy of Social Evolution" (Oxford UP, 2017)

It seems to go against evolutionary theory for an individual to give up its own chances at reproducing in order to increase the fitness of others...


 2019-02-11  1h3m

episode 58: Peter Hotez, "Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)

The alleged link between vaccines and autism has long been disproven, but it is still a belief held onto by the anti-vaccine movement...


 2019-02-07  42m

episode 30: Elliott Sober, "The Design Argument" (Cambridge UP, 2018)

Sober’s book analyzes the various forms that design arguments for the existence of God can take and focuses primarily on two of these...


 2019-01-28  43m

episode 13: Benoît Majerus, "From the Middle Ages to Today: Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris" (Parigramme, 2018)

Benoît Majerus uses an impressively wide range of visual sources, from religious images and architectural photographs to neuroleptic advertisements and administrative maps.


 2019-01-16  34m

episode 177: Maria Kronfeldner, "What's Left of Human Nature? A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept" (MIT Press, 2018)

Much of the debate about the roles of nature vs. nurture in the development of individual people has settled into accepting that it's a bit of both...


 2019-01-15  1h9m