New Books Network

Amy Shira Teitel, “Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA” (Bloomsbury, 2016)
Amy Shira Teitel talks about Apollo and the community of people who are deeply attached to space history. Teitel is a spaceflight historian and the creator of the YouTube Channel, Vintage Space. She is also the author of Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight Before NASA (Bloomsbury, 2016) and... Read More
Travis Dumsday, “Dispositionalism and the Metaphysics of Science” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Dispositionalism is the view that there are irreducible causal powers in nature that explain why objects behave as they do. To say salt is soluble in water, for example, is to say that salt has the disposition to dissolve in water, and this disposition is understood as a real causal... Read More
Gil Eyal, “The Crisis of Expertise” (Polity, 2019)
In recent political debates there has been a significant change in the valence of the word “experts” from a superlative to a near pejorative, typically accompanied by a recitation of experts’ many failures and misdeeds. In topics as varied as Brexit, climate change, and vaccinations there is a palpable mistrust... Read More
Michael F. Robinson, “The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture” (U Chicago Press, 2006)
Radio host Kevin Fox interviews Michael F. Robinson about the history of American Arctic exploration, the subject of his book, The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2006). The disappearance of the Franklin Expedition in 1845 turned the Arctic into an object of fascination. By the... Read More
David Adger, “Language Unlimited: The Science Behind Our Most Creative Power” (Oxford UP, 2019)
David Adger is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London. He has served as President of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain since 2015, and has authored a number of monographs on syntactic theory, in addition to the widely used undergraduate textbook Core Syntax: A Minimalist Approach (Oxford... Read More
Brian Clegg, “Conundrum: Crack the Ultimate Cipher Challenge” (Icon Books, 2019)
The book we are discussing is by Brian Clegg, a well-known author of books on math and science — but this is not exactly a book on math or science, although these subjects play a significant role. His latest book is Conundrum: Crack the Ultimate Cipher Challenge (Icon Books, 2019),... Read More
Neil Maher, “Apollo in the Age of Aquarius” (Harvard UP, 2017)
Neil Maher talks about the social forces that shaped NASA in the 1960s and 70s, connecting the space race with the radical upheavals of the counterculture. Maher is a professor of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark. He is the author of Apollo in the Age... Read More