Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
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.
The most famous literary award in the world finally catches up with Chinese literature. Scott McLemee discusses Mo Yan.
There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers. Scott McLemee reads A Disability History of the United States.
A historical study of clashing values in teachers' unions appears as Chicago teachers suspend strike. Scott McLemee asks the author for context.
A paleontologist explores the outer reaches of the evolution of sex in a new book. Scott McLemee feels kind of dirty just thinking about it.
Historians discuss the challenge of writing about the recent past. Scott McLemee tries to put things in context.
Two political scientists are publishing a study of the presidential election -- as it's happening. Scott McLemee looks at the work-in-progress.
A new book treats solo acts of political terrorism as a rising trend. Scott McLemee can't avoid reading it.

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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Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition.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.

April 17, 2013

A new book explores the subterranean connections between geology and mythology. Scott McLemee returns from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.

March 6, 2013

Can believers and unbelievers find fellowship? Scott McLemee looks at the 21st-century dialogue between faith and reason.

February 27, 2013

Jeremy Bernstein's "A Palette of Particles" offers a guided tour of the subatomic universe. Scott McLemee goes on a trip.

February 15, 2013

A second librarian's blog becomes the target of a potential lawsuit from a disgruntled publisher.

February 6, 2013

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.

January 30, 2013

A monograph on superhero comics and nationalism puts Captain America in a geopolitical context. Scott McLemee reports from his fortress of solitude.

January 23, 2013

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.

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