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A Field Guide to Radiation book cover
A Field Guide to Radiation book cover

A Field Guide to Radiation
Penguin Books, 2012
By Wayne Biddle
Visiting Associate Professor, Writing Seminars

Nuclear energy, X-rays, radon, cellphones … radiation is part of the way we live, and yet the sources and repercussions of our exposure to it remain mysterious. From fallout to radiation poisoning, alpha particles to cosmic rays, Biddle illuminates the history, meaning, and health implications of scientific terms in succinct, witty essays.

Wayne Biddle discusses his book on the NPR program Midday with Dan Rodricks.
Love and Providence: Recognition in the Ancient Novel book cover

Love and Providence: Recognition in the Ancient Novel
Oxford University Press, 2012
By Silvia Montiglio
Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor, Classics

The recognition scene in literature is the event that ensures the happy ending for the hero and heroine. Montiglio emphasizes the originality of the development of the recognition motif and explains its influence in early-modern European literature.

Long Live Atahualpa: Indigenous Politics, Justice, and Democracy in the Northern Andes book cover

Long Live Atahualpa: Indigenous Politics, Justice, and Democracy in the Northern Andes
Duke University Press Books, 2012
By Emma Cervone
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

An ethnographic study of indigenous political movements against discrimination in modern Ecuador, this book explores the right of indigenous peoples to self-determination and political agency.

Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression

Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression
Harvard University Press, 2012
By Angus Burgin
Assistant Professor, History

Burgin traces the evolution of post-war economic thought to reconsider the most basic assumptions of today’s market-centered world. His inquiry uncovers the origins of the contemporary enthusiasm for the free market and the moral quandaries it has left behind.

Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile

Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile
University of California Press, 2012
By Clara Han
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Han takes readers into the world of a poor urban neighborhood in Santiago. Tracing relations and lives between 1999 and 2010, Han reveals the force of relations in the making of selves in a world in which unstable work patterns, illness, and economic indebtedness are aspects of everyday life.

The Lessons of Rancière book cover

The Lessons of Rancière
Oxford University Press, 2012
By Samuel A. Chambers
Associate Professor, Political Science

Taking up Jacques Rancière’s polemical claim that democracy is not a regime, Chambers argues that liberalism and democracy are not complementary but competing forces, and explores a democratic politics beyond liberalism.

Flaubert’s “Gueuloir”: On Madame Bovary and Salammbô book cover

Flaubert’s “Gueuloir”: On Madame Bovary and Salammbô
Yale University Press, 2012
By Michael Fried
J.R. Herbert Boone Professor in Humanities

In these two essays, Fried focuses on Gustave Flaubert’s novels Madame Bovary and Salammbô. Fried explores Flaubert’s determined pursuit of stylistic perfection and why certain characteristics of his writing appear to go against that stylistic ideal.

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The Secrets of Alchemy
University of Chicago Press, 2012
By Lawrence M. Principe
Drew Family Professor, Humanities

Though the history of alchemy is intricately linked to the history of chemistry, alchemy has nonetheless often been dismissed as the realm of myth and magic, or fraud and pseudoscience. Principe attempts to bring alchemy out of the shadows and restore it to its important place in human history and culture.