Category: Media, Science & Technology


Making Space

Belknap Press | November 1, 2014 | 240 pages
Knowing where things are seems effortless. Yet our brains devote tremendous power to figuring out simple details about spatial relationships. Jennifer Groh traces this mental detective work to show how the brain creates our sense of location, and makes the case that the brain s systems for thinking... More Info

Knowledge Is Beautiful

Harper Design | October 14, 2014 | 256 pages
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Crisis Without End

September 30, 2014 | 304 pages
The only document of its kind, Crisis Without End represents an unprecedented look into the profound after-effects of Fukushima. In accessible terms, leading experts from Japan, the United States, Russia and other nations weigh in on the current state of knowledge of radiation-related health risks... More Info

More Awesome Than Money

Viking Adult | October 16, 2014 | 384 pages
"Four NYU undergrads wanted to build a social network that would allow users to control what they shared about themselves. They were hoping to raised 10k in 30 days and their project was called Diaspora. Their 2010 Kickstarter campaign ended the first day with three backers. They raised 20 times... More Info

Infographic Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything

Cassell | October 7, 2014 | 160 pages
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Being Mortal

Doubleday Canada | October 7, 2014 | 352 pages
A future classic about the modern experience of death and dying by one of our most accomplished non-fiction writers. Over the course of three books and his articles in The New Yorker magazine, Atul Gawande has established himself as one of the most thought-provoking, insightful and skillful... More Info

The Innovators

Simon & Schuster | October 7, 2014 | 560 pages
Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What... More Info

The Meaning of Human Existence

October 6, 2014 | 192 pages
A 21st-century philosophical argument against mechanistic views of human life outlines expansive and advanced theories on human behavior to consider how humans are supremely different from all other species. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of On Human Nature. 75,000 first printing.  More Info

An Equation for Every Occasion

Johns Hopkins University Press | September 8, 2014 | 200 pages
In An Equation for Every Occasion, John M. Henshaw tells fifty-two entertaining true stories, each inspired by a different mathematical equation. His succinct, easy-to-read narratives come from the spheres of sports, business, history, the arts, science, and technology. Anecdotes about famous... More Info

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

Harvard University Press | September 22, 2014 | 352 pages
Some see the Internet as a Wild West where those who venture online must be thick-skinned enough to endure verbal attacks in the name of free speech protection. Danielle Keats Citron rejects this view. Cyber-harassment is a matter of civil rights law, and legal precedents as well as social norms of... More Info

Reality Mining

MIT Press | August 8, 2014 | 208 pages
Big Data is made up of lots of little data: numbers entered into cell phones, addresses entered into GPS devices, visits to websites, online purchases, ATM transactions, and any other activity that leaves a digital trail. Although the abuse of Big Data -- surveillance, spying, hacking -- has made... More Info

The Imaginary App

MIT Press | August 29, 2014 | 320 pages
Mobile apps promise to deliver (h)appiness to our devices at the touch of a finger or two. Apps offer gratifyingly immediate access to connection and entertainment. The array of apps downloadable from the app store may come from the cloud, but they attach themselves firmly to our individual... More Info

How We Got to Now

Riverhead Books | September 30, 2014 | 304 pages
An illustrated history of innovation shares lesser-known stories of accidental genius and brilliant mistakes, examines unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated fields and reveals how important inventions have had unintended consequences. By the best-selling author of Where Good Ideas Come... More Info

The Lagoon

Viking Adult | September 25, 2014 | 512 pages
A brilliant study of Aristotle as biologist The philosophical classics of Aristotle loom large over the history of Western thought, but the subject he most loved was biology. He wrote vast volumes about animals. He described them, classified them, told us where and how they live and how they... More Info

The Glass Cage

W. W. Norton | September 29, 2014 | 288 pages
Examines the psychological and neurological impact of spending so much time at work and at play with computers and technology, and discusses the effect it has on happiness and satisfaction.  More Info

The Complete Cosmicomics

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 16, 2014 | 432 pages
Together for the first time, a new translation of the revered, contemporary Italian author's short stories describing the beginning of the universe and other natural phenomena builds creative tales around well-known scientific facts.  More Info

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014

October 7, 2014 | 352 pages
“Undeniably exquisite . . . The essays in the collection [are] meditations that reveal not only how science actually happens but also who or what propels its immutable humanity.” — Maria Popova, Brain Pickings “A stimulating compendium.” — Kirkus Reviews Pulitzer Prize–winning... More Info

The Television Will Be Revolutionized, 2nd Edition

September 1, 2014 | 352 pages
Many proclaimed the “end of television” in the early years of the twenty-first century, as capabilities and features of the boxes that occupied a central space in American living rooms for the preceding fifty years were radically remade. In this revised, second edition of her definitive book,... More Info

How the University Works

January 1, 2008 | 281 pages
Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the United States.Through their language and popular music Latinos are making their mark on American culture as never before. As the United States becomes Latinized, how will Latinos fit into America's divided racial landscape and how will they... More Info


Free Press | September 23, 2014 | 400 pages
The New York Times bestselling “manifesto for the future that is grounded in practical solutions addressing the world’s most pressing concerns: overpopulation, food, water, energy, education, health care and freedom” (The Wall Street Journal). Since the dawn of humanity, a privileged few have... More Info

Bold Scientists

September 20, 2014 | 272 pages
As governments and corporations scramble to pull the plug on research that proves that they are poisoning our planet and rush to muzzle the scientists who dare to share their disturbing data, it seems the powerful have declared a war on science. Michael Riordon plumbs the deepening fault lines... More Info

Pain and Prejudice

September 1, 2014 |
In 1978, when workers at a nearby phosphate refinery learned that the ore they processed was contaminated with radioactive dust, Karen Messing, then a new professor of molecular genetics, was called in to help. Unsure of what to do with her discovery that exposure to the radiation was harming the... More Info

The Price of Silence

Hudson Street Press | August 28, 2014 | 304 pages
The author of the viral essay, "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother," presents a sobering assessment of today's approaches to mental illness, arguing that stigmas result in poor education, inadequate mental health care and juvenile detention systems that often lead to imprisonment and tragedy.  More Info

What If?

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 2, 2014 | 320 pages
The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.  More Info

Where Do Camels Belong?

Greystone Books | August 15, 2014 | 272 pages
Where do camels belong? You may be surprised to learn that they evolved and lived for tens of millions of years in North America-and also that the leek, national symbol of Wales, was a Roman import to Britain, as were chickens, rabbits and pheasants. These classic examples highlight the issues of... More Info


Ecco | August 26, 2014 | 400 pages
Noise explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100,000 years, allowing us to think in fresh ways about the meaning of our collective past.  More Info

Distribution Revolution

September 1, 2014 | 272 pages
Distribution Revolution is a collection of interviews with leading film and TV professionals concerning the many ways that digital delivery systems are transforming the entertainment business. These interviews provide lively insider accounts from studio executives, distribution professionals, and... More Info

The Internet Police

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | August 18, 2014 | 320 pages
A veteran reporter describes how authorities in Australia, Belgum, Ukraine and the United States combined forces to respond to a child pornography ring as well as how other criminal sting operations have been policed and patrolled online. Reprint.  More Info

How Many Socks Make a Pair?

Aurum Press Limited | July 15, 2014 | 176 pages
How many socks make a pair? The answer is not always two. And behind this question lies a world of maths that can be surprising, amusing and even beautiful. Using playing cards, a newspaper, the back of an envelope, a Sudoku, some pennies and of course a pair of socks, Rob Eastaway shows how maths... More Info


W W Norton & Company Incorporated | August 11, 2014 | 385 pages
Provides current, factual information about many of the most commonly used and abused drugs, looking at how they affect the brain, their short and long term effects, the highs they produce, and the dangers associated with them.  More Info

Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment

May 1, 2014 | 248 pages
Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment, the first publication of Henri Lefebvre's only book devoted to architecture, redefines architecture as a mode of imagination rather than a specialized process or a collection of monuments. Lefebvre calls for an architecture of jouissance—of pleasure or... More Info

Man and Beast

March 15, 2014 | 168 pages
Mary Ellen Mark is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has long been fascinated by the complex relationships between people and animals—as she puts it, "the anthropomorphic quality of animals, and the animalistic quality of man." This fascination has lured her again and again to Mexico... More Info

The Secret Language of Animals

Black Dog & Leventhal Pub | April 1, 2014 | 512 pages
Unlock the secrets behind the behavior of the world's most fascinating creatures— from the Adélie penguin to the plains zebra to the giant panda—in this wonderfully written, beautifully illustrated book. In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal... More Info

Made by Hand

Black Dog Pub Limited | March 28, 2014 | 192 pages
Made By Hand is an illustrated survey of some of the finest hand makers operating today. Profiling these makers with large images of themselves, their workshops, products and techniques, Made By Hand walks the reader through tailors, shoe makers, bee keepers, micro breweries, jewellers and more. By... More Info


Polity | December 31, 2013 | 220 pages
The use of webcam, especially through Skype, has recently become established as one more standard media technology, but so far there has been no attempt to assess its fundamental nature and consequences. Yet webcam has profound implications for many facets of human life, from self-consciousness and... More Info

Cities by Design

Polity | January 13, 2014 | 224 pages
Who makes our cities, and what part do everyday users have in the design of cities? This book powerfully shows that city-making is a social process and examines the close relationship between the social and physical shaping of urban environments. With cities taking a growing share of the global... More Info

To the Cloud

May 1, 2014 | 288 pages
In the wake of revelations about National Security Agency activitiesâe"many of which occur âeoein the cloudâe âe"this book offers both enlightenment and a critical view. Cloud computing and big data are arguably the most significant forces in information technology today. In clear prose, To the... More Info

Brilliant Blunders

May 27, 2014 | 352 pages
We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. And that includes five of the greatest scientists in history -- Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, Albert Einstein. But the mistakes that these great scientists made helped science to advance. Indeed, as Mario Livio... More Info

The War on Learning

Mit Press | October 25, 2014 | 304 pages
Behind the lectern stands the professor, deploying course management systems, online quizzes, wireless clickers, PowerPoint slides, podcasts, and plagiarism-detection software. In the seats are the students, armed with smartphones, laptops, tablets, music players, and social networking. Although... More Info

Sensing Spaces

ABRAMS | February 17, 2014 | 176 pages
Unlike almost any other art form, architecture is part of our everyday life, but its ability to dramatically affect the way we think, feel and interact with one another is often overlooked. This volume brings the focus back to the sensual aspects of architecture the subtle and intangible ways it... More Info

Banking on the Body

October 25, 2014 | 352 pages
Each year Americans supply blood, sperm, and breast milk to "banks" that store these products for use by strangers in medical procedures. Who gives, who receives, who profits? Kara Swanson traces body banks from the first experiments that discovered therapeutic uses for body products to current... More Info

The Knowledge

Penguin Press | October 25, 2014 | 352 pages
How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch? If our technological society collapsed tomorrow, perhaps from a viral pandemic or catastrophic asteroid impact, what would be the one book you would want to press into the hands of the postapocalyptic survivors? What crucial... More Info


Grand Central Pub | April 15, 2014 | 272 pages
An award-winning scientist, physician and New York Times best-selling author explains new concepts in human genetics and health that indicate that the fundamental nature of the human genome is much more fluid and flexible than originally thought. 75,000 first printing.  More Info

The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould

October 25, 2014 | 223 pages
Most American college campuses are home to a vibrant drinking scene where students frequently get wasted, train-wrecked, obliterated, hammered, destroyed, and decimated. The terms that university students most commonly use to describe severe alcohol intoxication share a common theme: destruction,... More Info

Letters to a Young Scientist

April 7, 2014 | 256 pages
A Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and the author of two New York Times best-sellers weaves together more than 20 letters that highlight his childhood and career and why he became a biologist in the hopes of inspiring today's young people into similar pursuits.  More Info

Publicity and the Canadian State

May 30, 2014 | 384 pages
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

Innovating for the Global South

University of Toronto Press | January 17, 2014 | 192 pages
Innovating for the Global South offers fresh solutions for reducing poverty in the developing world.  More Info

Why Architects Still Draw

MIT Press | October 25, 2014 | 136 pages
Why would an architect reach for a pencil when drawing software and AutoCAD are a click away? Use a ruler when 3D-scanners and GPS devices are close at hand? In "Why Architects Still Draw," Paolo Belardi offers an elegant and ardent defense of drawing by hand as a way of thinking. Belardi is no... More Info

It's Complicated

Yale University Press | February 25, 2014 | 296 pages
DIVAn essential read, written by a leading expert, for anyone who wants to understand young people's use of social media /div  More Info

Free Will

MIT Press | February 14, 2014 | 152 pages
A philosopher considers whether the scientific and philosophical arguments against free will are reason enough to give up our belief in it.  More Info