Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
Can believers and unbelievers find fellowship? Scott McLemee looks at the 21st-century dialogue between faith and reason.
Jeremy Bernstein's "A Palette of Particles" offers a guided tour of the subatomic universe. Scott McLemee goes on a trip.
Didn't Immanuel Velikovsky's ideas go the way of Chariots of the Gods, bell-bottoms, and the pet rock? Scott McLemee looks at a monograph bringing him back into view.
A monograph on superhero comics and nationalism puts Captain America in a geopolitical context. Scott McLemee reports from his fortress of solitude.
Old-fashioned books take up a lot of space -- both on our shelves and in our heads. Scott McLemee grapples with a new volume on reading.
Did Bo help get the president re-elected? Scott McLemee looks into the burgeoning literature on canine politics.
A group of digital humanists foresees a new phase of scholarly e-publishing. Scott McLemee gets a peek into their crystal ball.
It's the music that makes the universe dance: Scott McLemee reads The Best Writing in Mathematics 2012.
A prominent social theorist gathers his thoughts on the past few years of upheaval. Scott McLemee risks an opinion.
"The Book of Genesis: A Biography" treats a classic religious text as if it were alive. Scott McLemee learns what it begat.
When is a forbidden book most fascinating? When it doesn't actually exist. Scott McLemee browses for the call numbers of the damned.
Was a legendary humanist and professor opposed to higher ed? Scott McLemee looks at the record.

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August 14, 2013

A documentary about the philosopher, mystic, and rebel is coming out on DVD. Scott McLemee hears from the director.

August 7, 2013

A new book charts the rise of an artform so loud and harsh that "music" may not be the word for it. Scott McLemee brings the noise.

July 17, 2013

We've learned to tune out the constant bombardment of advertisements. Scott McLemee looks at a new analysis of techniques for commanding consumer attention.

July 3, 2013

What's coming from university presses in the months ahead? Scott McLemee begins a survey of the fall and winter crop.

June 26, 2013

From Monty Python to your e-mailbox, it's everywhere. Scott McLemee finds its history surprisingly digestible.

May 29, 2013

Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront.

May 22, 2013

The original search for the fountain of youth didn't pan out -- but a new one is under way. Scott McLemee considers "The Longevity Seekers."

May 15, 2013

Serial killers have become the cultural anti-heroes of the age. Scott McLemee considers a new book that traces the back story of a morbid trend.

May 1, 2013

Machines are "reading" novels that literary historians would otherwise never get to. Scott McLemee considers the results and prospects of "Macroanalysis."

April 24, 2013

Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition. Scott McLemee thinks the job will require a little more, though.

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