Our lives have meaning because of the stories we tell and the sense we make of our relationships and experience. The greatest risk of our current culture is not over-medication but rather under-listening. Abandoning listening has costs for all of us. In her new book, The Silenced Child, pediatrician Claudia Gold, the author of Keeping Your Child […]
In 1965, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then assistant secretary of labor for President Lyndon Johnson, penned the now infamous report, The Negro Family: A Case for National Action. Moynihan claimed that due to the sharp increase in out-of-wedlock childbearing—a condition affecting only a small fraction of white children but one in five African Americans at the time—the […]
“A state of rest” is hardly the way most people would characterize the economy. From bubbles to flash crashes to the housing meltdown, things would seem to be as volatile as this winter’s weather. But not to economists. They trumpet the notion that equilibrium – a state of rest – is the hallmark of the […]
When we think of the key figures of early American history, we think of explorers, or pilgrims, or Native Americans—not cattle, or goats, or swine. But as Virginia DeJohn Anderson reveals in this brilliantly original account of colonists in New England and the Chesapeake region, livestock played a vitally important role in the settling of […]
Sugata Biswas has been a management consultant with some of the leading consulting firms in private, public, and nonprofit sectors including Accenture, IBM Global Services/The Wilkerson Group, RAND Corporation, and Viant. He is currently vice president of Interactive Clinical Intelligence. Sugata has been a college professor of Economics, and was recognized for outstanding ability by […]
Evalyn I. Gates is the author of Einstein’s Telescope: The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe. Transporting readers to the edge of contemporary science, it introduces them to gravitational lensing, or the so-called ”Einstein’s telescope” a revolutionary tool that is unlocking the secrets of the Universe. Kirkus called the book, “splendidly satisfying […]
Luke Shaefer is the director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify, and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty. He is the co-author, with Kathryn Edin, of the award-winning $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.
Maria Kefalas is Associate Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph’s University and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Violence Research and Prevention. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include qualitative methods/ethnography, urban and community […]
We tend to think of the Civil War as a uniquely American event; a war waged within our borders that defined the fate of the country. We rarely think of it as an international war, but the Union and the Confederacy knew that their fates were closely tied to whether Britain, France, and Spain would […]
It’s intuitively appealing to imagine a line as composed of infinitely small individual points – or “indivisibles,” as they’re called in mathematics. After all, we know that wood is a composite of individual fibers, and a rope is composed of individual strings, so we would expect the same to be true of the lines and […]
Market Madness: A Century of Oil Panics, Crises, and Crashes traces the history of generational fears in the United States of an imminent and irreversible shortage of oil. Built around four historical case studies, the book explores the conditions under which these mass scares arise, gain popularity, and eventually wane. It also connects the role of […]
We all know we should give to charity, but who really does? Approximately three quarters of Americans give their time and money to various charities, churches, and causes, the other quarter of the population does not. Why has America split into two nations: givers and non-givers? Arthur Brooks, a top scholar of economics and public […]
Wendy Hamand Venet is professor of history at Georgia State University. A scholar of 19th century U.S. history, her work on Civil War Atlanta began in 2006 when she encountered the diary of Samuel P. Richards, a bookstore owner in Atlantaâs central business district during the Civil War. His diary is the best account of […]
Virginia DeJohn Anderson, is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, where she has taught early American history since 1985. She is the author of C<em>reatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America</em>, published by Oxford University Press, the winner of the 2005 Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society book award. Most recently, she is the author of <em>The Martyr and the Traitor: The Perilous Lives of Nathan Hale and Moses Dunbar</em>, also published by Oxford University Press.
John D. Mayer is professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire and is a key innovator in intelligence research. He has written more than 125 scientific articles, books, and psychological tests, including the internationally known Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT). He has lectured around the world, has blogged for Psychology Today, and has […]
Amir Alexander is a writer, historian, and mathematician living in Los Angeles. He teaches history at UCLA. He is the author, most recently, of <em>Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World</em>, published by Scientific American Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Named a <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Best Science Book to Give for the Holidays and a <em>Library Journal</em> Best Science Book of 2014, it was called “a triumph” by <em>Nature</em>. Amir’s next book, <em>The Science of Certainty</em> also will be published by Scientific American Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.