New Books Network

D. Bilak and T. Nummedal, “Furnace and Fugue. A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s ‘Atalanta fugiens’ (1618)” (U Virginia Press, 2020)
In 1618, on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War, the German alchemist and physician Michael Maier published Atalanta fugiens, an intriguing and complex musical alchemical emblem book designed to engage the ear, eye, and intellect. The book unfolds as a series of fifty emblems, each of which contains an... Read More
Brian Weatherson, “A History of Philosophy Journals. Volume 1: Evidence from Topic Modeling, 1876-2013” (2020)
Anglophone philosophy in the twentieth century was centered, to an unprecedented extent, around journals: periodical publications that aimed to present (one vision of) the best philosophical work of the moment. By looking at the trends across these journals, we can see important trends in philosophy itself. But looking at the... Read More
Martin Paul Eve, “Close Reading with Computers” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Most contemporary digital studies are interested in distant-reading paradigms for large-scale literary history. This book asks what happens when such telescopic techniques function as a microscope instead. The first monograph to bring a range of computational methods to bear on a single novel in a sustained fashion, it focuses on... Read More
A Very Square Peg. Bonus Episode: A Discussion with Brian Collins
Today I talked with Dr. Brian Collins, the creator of “A Very Square Peg.” We talked about: –How he discovered Eilser in a used bookstore in Ann Arbor –How he didn’t seem to be able to let go of Eisler once he’d found out about him –How he researched Eisler,... Read More
Neil Selwyn, “What is Digital Sociology?” (Polity, 2019)
The rise of digital technology is transforming the world in which we live. Our digitalized societies demand new ways of thinking about the social, and this short book introduces readers to an approach that can deliver this: digital sociology. In What is Digital Sociology? (Polity, 2019), Neil Selwyn examines the... Read More
Eric T. Meyer and Ralph Schroeder, “Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities” (MIT Press, 2015)
By now it is incontrovertible that new technology has had an effect on how regular people get information. Whether in the form of an online newspaper or a Google search, new technology has allowed individuals to access masses of information faster than ever before. What, then, has been the effect... Read More
Colin Gordon, “Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality” (Institute for Policy Studies, 2013)
Americans seem to be more concerned about economic inequality today than they have been in living memory. The Occupy Movement (“We are the 99%”) is only the most visible sign of this growing unease. But what are the dimensions of inequality in the United States? How have they changed over... Read More