New Books Network

Kate Brown, “Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future” (Norton, 2019)
We cannot learn from disasters we do not yet understand. That conviction motivated historian Kate Brown to conduct groundbreaking research into nuclear energy’s most infamous chapter and write Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future (Norton, 2019). By digging into recently opened regional archives, conducting dozens of interviews,... Read More
Emily Dawson, “Equity, Exclusion and Everyday Science Learning: The Experiences of Minoritised Groups” (Routledge, 2019)
Who is excluded from science? What is the role of museums in this exclusion? In Equity, Exclusion and Everyday Science Learning: The Experiences of Minoritised Groups (Routledge, 2019), Dr Emily Dawson, an Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London, introduces the idea of everyday... Read More
Christopher Preston, “The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World” (MIT Press, 2018)
In 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 — our period in time where there are no longer places on Earth untouched by humans — is not only how much impact... Read More
Lukas Engelmann, “Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
What role do visual media play in establishing a medical phenomenon? Who mobilizes these representations, and to what end? In Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic (Cambridge UP, 2018), Lukas Engelmann uses AIDS atlases to show how different kinds of visualization mapped on to different ideas of how... Read More
Robert A. Voeks, “The Ethnobotany of Eden: Rethinking the Jungle Medicine Narrative” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Jungle medicine: it’s everywhere, from chia seeds to ginseng tea to CBD oil.  In the US, what was once the province of counter culture has moved squarely into the mainstream of Walmart and Walgreens.  In his excellent new book The Ethnobotany of Eden: Rethinking the Jungle Medicine Narrative (University of... Read More