New Books in Science

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Michael D. Gordin, "The Pseudo-Science Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe" (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

"No one in the history of the world has ever self-identified as a pseudoscientist." From the very first sentence, Michael D. Gordin’s new book introduces readers to the characters, plotlines, and crises that have shaped the narratives of fringe science…


 2013-01-15  1h9m

Katy Price, "Loving Faster Than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein’s Universe" (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

You were amused to find you too could fear "The eternal silence of the infinite spaces." The astronomy love poems of William Empson, from which the preceding quote was taken, were just some of the many media through which people…


 2013-01-09  1h0m

David Sepkoski, "Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline" (University of Chicago, 2012)

In Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline (University of Chicago Press, 1012), David Sepkoski tells a story that explains the many ways that paleontologists have interpreted the meaning and importance of f...


 2012-11-20  1h4m

Chris Cooper, "Run, Swim, Throw, Cheat: The Science Behind Drugs in Sport" (Oxford University Press, 2012)

This past August, the saga of Lance Armstrong came to its inglorious end.  The seven-time champion of the Tour de France and Olympic medalist ended his defense against charges that he had engaged in blood doping during his cycling career. …


 2012-10-09  51m

Robert Westman, "The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial Order" (University of California Press, 2011)

This is an extraordinary book written by one of the finest historians of science. Ringing in at nearly seven hundred oversized, double columned pages Robert Westman‘s The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism,


 2012-08-29  1h8m

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