Category: Media, science & technology

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

The Domestication of Language

Columbia University Press | November 25, 2014 | 288 pages
Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them every day. Applying DarwinÕs theory of Òunconscious artificial selectionÓ to the... More Info

Digital Disconnect

September 1, 2014 | 320 pages
Looks at the relationship between economic power and the digital world, encouraging readers to fight back against the monopolies that are making the Internet less democratic. 20,000 first printing.  More Info

Digital Cosmopolitans

W. W. Norton | November 10, 2014 | 320 pages
A media scholar discusses the challenges that still need to be met to achieve a truly online global experience, including needed advances in language translation and cross-cultural inspiration which will lead to increased connectivity between people. 17,000 first printing.  More Info

Distant Wars Visible

November 15, 2014 | 280 pages
In our wired world, visual images of military conflict and political strife are ubiquitous. Far less obvious, far more elusive, is how we see such images, how witnessing military violence and suffering affects us. Distant Wars Visible brings a new perspective to such enduring questions about... More Info


Signal Books | October 28, 2014 | 464 pages
Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective. 100,000 years ago, at least six species of human inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo Sapiens. How did our species... More Info

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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


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

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

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