Category: Media, science & technology



Mit Press | August 21, 2015 | 144 pages
With Obfuscation, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum mean to start a revolution. They are calling us not to the barricades but to our computers, offering us ways to fight today's pervasive digital surveillance -- the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To... More Info

Becoming Fluent

MIT Press | August 7, 2015 | 248 pages
Adults who want to learn a foreign language are often discouraged because they believe they cannot acquire a language as easily as children. Once they begin to learn a language, adults may be further discouraged when they find the methods used to teach children don't seem to work for them. What is... More Info

The Neural Basis of Free Will

Mit Press | August 28, 2015 | 472 pages
The issues of mental causation, consciousness, and free will have vexed philosophers since Plato. In this book, Peter Tse examines these unresolved issues from a neuroscientific perspective. In contrast with philosophers who use logic rather than data to argue whether mental causation or... More Info

Digital Methods

Mit Press | August 28, 2015 | 280 pages
In Digital Methods, Richard Rogers proposes a methodological outlook for social and cultural scholarly research on the Web that seeks to move Internet research beyond the study of online culture. It is not a toolkit for Internet research, or operating instructions for a software package; it deals... More Info

Disciplining Dissent

James Lorimer & Company | May 1, 2004 | 192 pages
Respected contributors from Canada, the United States and Europe share examine the many issues associated with the increasing restrictions on free speech in the media and the academic world.  More Info

Intelligence in the Flesh

Yale University Press | August 15, 2015 | 344 pages
An enthralling exploration that upends the prevailing view of consciousness and demonstrates how intelligence is literally embedded in the palms of our hands.  More Info

Publicity and the Canadian State

May 30, 2014 | 384 pages
Course Codes:  COMM 4307A
Semester:  Fall-2015
Publicity pervades our political and public culture, but little has been written that critically examines the basis of the modern Canadian “publicity state.” This collection is the first to focus on the central themes in the state's relationship with publicity practices and the “permanent... More Info

Places of the Heart

September 15, 2015 | 240 pages
A neuroscientist illuminates how we make and are made by the world both real and virtual  More Info

When Life Nearly Died

July 20, 2015 | 352 pages
The greatest mass extinction in Earths history happened some 251 million years ago. In this cataclysm at least 90% of life was killed, both on land and in the sea, almost bringing evolution to a halt. What caused destruction on such an unimaginable scale? Was it the impact of a huge meteorite, or... More Info

Introducing Relativity

Icon Books | October 14, 2015 | 176 pages
Beginning near the speed of light and proceeding to explorations of space-time and curved spaces, Introducing Relativity plots a visually accessible course through the thought experiments that have given shape to contemporary physics. Scientists from Newton to Hawking add their unique contributions... More Info

The Man Who Wasn't There

Dutton Adult | August 4, 2015 | 320 pages
In the tradition of Oliver Sacks, a tour of the latest neuroscience of schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, ecstatic epilepsy, Cotard’s syndrome, out-of-body experiences, and other disorders—revealing the awesome power of the human sense of self from a master of science journalism Anil... More Info

Standard Deviations

Overlook Press | July 21, 2015 | 336 pages
A very entertaining book about a very serious problem. We deceive ourselves all the time with statistics, and it is time we wised up. Robert J. Shiller, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics"  More Info

The ADHD Book of Lists

John Wiley & Sons | June 15, 2015 | 528 pages
"The newly updated ADHD Book of Lists will be a comprehensive, reliable source of answers, practical strategies, and tools written in a convenient list format"--  More Info

The Organized Mind

July 28, 2015 | 528 pages
The information age is drowning us in an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we're expected to make more--and faster--decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average person reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and... More Info

The Noonday Demon

Simon and Schuster | May 19, 2015 | 688 pages
Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award-winning, bestselling, and transformative masterpiece on depression—“the book for a generation, elegantly written, meticulously researched, empathetic, and enlightening” (Time)—now with a major new chapter covering recently introduced and novel... More Info

The Uses of Literacy

Penguin Classics | October 1, 2009 | 369 pages
With a new introduction by Lynsey Hanley and a Foreword by Simon Hoggart 'A vivid inside view of working-class culture and one of the most influential books of the postwar era' Observer When a society becomes more affluent, does it lose other values? Are the skills that education and literacy gave... More Info

The End of Plenty

W. W. Norton | June 15, 2015 | 416 pages
An award-winning environmental journalist introduces a new generation of farmers and scientists on the frontlines of the next green revolution.  More Info

Vernal pools

McDonald & Woodward Pub Co | October 14, 2015 | 426 pages
This is first book-length synthesis of the natural history, ecology, and conservation of the seasonally wet pools that occur throughout the formerly glaciated region of eastern North America -- essentially the Great Lakes Basin, New England, and adjacent areas of Canada and the United States.... More Info

Ending the Fossil Fuel Era

MIT Press | May 22, 2015 | 392 pages
A provocative call for delegitimizing fossil fuels rather than accommodating them, accompanied by case studies from Ecuador to Appalachia and from Germany to Norway.  More Info

Dying in the Twenty-First Century

MIT Press | May 22, 2015 | 224 pages
Physicians, philosophers, and theologians consider how to address death and dying for a diverse population in a secularized century.  More Info

Anthropology and Development

Pluto Press | January 20, 2015 | 216 pages
Western aid is in decline. Non-traditional development actors from the developing countries and elsewhere are in the ascendant. A new set of global economic and political processes are shaping the twenty-first century. Anthropology and Development is a completely rewritten new edition of the... More Info

Labor in the Global Digital Economy

Monthly Review Press | December 5, 2014 | 240 pages
For every person who reads this text on the printed page, many more will read it on a computer screen or mobile device. It’s a situation that we increasingly take for granted in our digital era, and while it is indicative of the novelty of twenty-first-century capitalism, it is also the key to... More Info

Atlas of Knowledge

Mit Press | March 13, 2015 | 224 pages
One of a series of three publications influenced by the travelling exhibit Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, curated by the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.  More Info

Digital Shift

March 15, 2015 | 176 pages
Emoticons matter. Equal signs do, too. This book takes them seriously and shows how and why they matter. Digital Shift explores the increasingly ubiquitous presence of punctuation and typographical marks in our lives⎯using them as reading lenses to consider a broad range of textual objects and... More Info

The Container Principle

Mit Press | February 27, 2015 | 416 pages
We live in a world organized around the container. Standardized twenty- and forty-foot shipping containers carry material goods across oceans and over land; provide shelter, office space, and storage capacity; inspire films, novels, metaphors, and paradigms. Today, TEU (Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit,... More Info

Media and Politics in a Globalizing World

Polity | March 9, 2015 | 256 pages
Globalization and technological advances have had a dramatic impact on the relationship between media and politics. How can we understand the connection between the two in the present day? Alexa Robertson argues that we cannot understand the power of the one without taking the other into account.... More Info

Terms of Service

Harper | March 17, 2015 | 416 pages
A brilliant young literary and cultural critic joins the ranks of such stellar commentators as Evgeny Morozov and Nicholas Carr with this incisive commentary on social media culture and its impact on how we view ourselves, each other, and our world—an ambitious, perceptive, and illuminating... More Info

Nature Anatomy

Storey Publishing | January 1, 2015 | 224 pages
See the world in a new way! Acclaimed illustrator Julia Rothman celebrates the diverse curiosities and beauty of the natural world in this exciting new volume. With whimsically hip illustrations, every page is an extraordinary look at all kinds of subjects, from mineral formation and the inside of... More Info

Moody Bitches

Penguin Press | March 3, 2015 | 432 pages
A ground-breaking health guide for women reveals why mood-influencing hormones are a biological strength, arguing that the medications and lifestyle habits designed to alleviate mood imbalances are actually causing health problems. By the best-selling author of Weekends at Bellevue. Illustrations.  More Info


Scribner | March 17, 2015 | 256 pages
From the creators of the wildly popular and seriously scientific YouTube channel, AsapSCIENCE, comes entertaining, irreverent, and totally accessible answers to the questions you never got to ask in science class. Why do we get hung over? What would happen if you stopped sleeping? Is binge-watching... More Info

The Next Big Thing

Goose Lane Editions | October 1, 2014 | 208 pages
Canadian journalist and political insider Dalton Camp left behind a powerful legacy, including books, essays, and newspaper columns on Canadian politics and public policy. To both celebrate his career and continue his passionate efforts to encourage and support the practice of journalism, St.... More Info

The Brain That Changes Itself

Penguin (Non-Classics) | December 18, 2007 | 427 pages
An introduction to the science of neuroplasticity recounts the case stories of patients with mental limitations or brain damage whose seemingly inalterable conditions were successfully treated or even cured through treatments that involved the thought re-alteration of brain structure. Reprint.  More Info

Born to Walk

E C W Press | April 1, 2015 | 316 pages
The case for getting back on our feet The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of the most economical and environmentally responsible modes of transit. Yet with our modern fixation on speed, this healthy pedestrian activity... More Info


Melville House Pub | February 3, 2015 | 256 pages
A follow up to Debt: The First 5,000 Years presents a tour through ancient and modern history to trace the evolution of bureaucracy while assessing the efficiencies and casualties of its practices in the modern world. 60,000 first printing.  More Info

This Idea Must Die

Harper Perennial | February 17, 2015 | 592 pages
Reporting from the cutting edge of scientific discovery, today's visionary thinkers target the greatest roadblocks to innovation. Few truly new ideas are developed without first abandoning old ones. In the past, discoveries often had to wait for the rise of the next generation to see questions in a... More Info

To Explain the World

Harper | February 10, 2015 | 384 pages
A masterful commentary on the history of science from the Greeks to modern times, by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg—a thought-provoking and important book by one of the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals of our time. In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history,... More Info

This Is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?

Three Rivers Press | February 3, 2015 | 272 pages
Based on Wired's most popular column "What's Inside," an eye-opening look at the shocking, disgusting and dumbfounding ingredients we put in and on our bodies examines the inner workings of everything from WD-40 and Cool Whip to baby formula and Miracle-Gro. Original.  More Info

The Joy of Missing Out

New Society Publishers | January 16, 2015 | 208 pages
Drawing on historical data, typewritten letters, chapter challenges and personal accounts, a timely resource helps readers find balance in a wired world by inviting them to explore a new way of living and rethink their relationships with the technology in their lives. Original. 10,000 first... More Info

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

Ecco | February 3, 2015 | 448 pages
Michael S. Gazzaniga, "the father of cognitive neuroscience," gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on the enigmatic coupling of the right and left brain In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga made one of the great discoveries in the history of neuroscience:... More Info

The Brain's Way of Healing

Viking Press | January 27, 2015 | 432 pages
The New York Times best-selling author of The Brain That Changes Itself explains how the extraordinary process of neuroplastic healing really works, combining cutting-edge science with case studies, stories and real-world applications.  More Info

Social Physics

Penguin Books | January 27, 2015 | 320 pages
From one of the world’s leading data scientists, a landmark tour of the new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence If the Big Data revolution has a presiding genius, it is MIT’s Alex “Sandy” Pentland. Over... More Info

The Cartoon Guide to Algebra

William Morrow Paperbacks | January 20, 2015 | 240 pages
A comprehensive and comical new illustrated guide to algebra Do you think that a Cartesian plane is a luxury jetliner? Does the phrase "algebraic expression" leave you with a puzzled look? Do you believe that the Order of Operations is an Emmy-winning medical drama? Then you need The Cartoon Guide... More Info

Gaming at the Edge

January 1, 2015 | 304 pages
Video games have long been seen as the exclusive territory of young, heterosexual white males. In a media landscape dominated by such gamers, players who do not fit this mold, including women, people of color, and LGBT people, are often brutalized in forums and in public channels in online play.... More Info

Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You

Touchstone | January 6, 2015 | 272 pages
This “fact-filled and amusing trek through nature’s dark side” (Kirkus Reviews) reveals the fascinating, weird, and often perverted ways that Mother Nature fends only for herself. It may be a wonderful world, but as Dan Riskin (host of the Animal Planet’s TV show Monsters Inside Me)... More Info

The End of Memory

December 30, 2014 | 288 pages
It is a wicked disease that robs its victims of their memories, their ability to think clearly and ultimately their lives. For centuries, those afflicted by Alzheimer's disease have suffered its debilitating effects while family members sit by, watching their loved ones disappear a little more each... More Info

The Tyranny of Silence

Cato Inst | November 7, 2014 | 240 pages
When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (Viby, Denmark) published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed nine years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper's culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and... More Info

The Coming Swarm

Bloomsbury Academic | October 23, 2014 | 192 pages
What is Hacktivism? In The Coming Swarm, rising star Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism. The internet is a vital arena of communication, self expression, and interpersonal organizing. When... More Info

The Book of Woe

Plume | November 25, 2014 | 416 pages
The author of Manufacturing Depression presents a critical assessment of the American Psychiatric Association's mainstay compendium of mental illness, identifying far-reaching controversies in its May 2013 edition while arguing that the reference promotes inaccurate and over-diagnoses of mental... More Info

Savage Preservation

November 15, 2014 | 312 pages
During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, writers and anthropologists believed that the world's primitive races were on the brink of extinction. They also believed that films, photographs, and phonographic recordings--modern media in their technological infancy--could capture... More Info