Porcelain by Suzanne L. Marchand

Porcelain was invented in medieval China—but its secret recipe was first reproduced in Europe by an alchemist in the employ of the Saxon king Augustus the Strong. Saxony’s revered Meissen factory could not keep porcelain’s ingredients secret for long, however, and scores of Holy Ro


Metrics at Work by Angele Christin

When the news moved online, journalists suddenly learned what their audiences actually liked, through algorithmic technologies that scrutinize web traffic and activity. Has this advent of audience metrics changed journalists’ work practices and professional identities?  In Metrics at Wor


Birds of the West Indies

Edited by Herbert Raffaele, Wiley, Garrido, Keith, and Janis Raffaele  Birds of the West Indies is the first field guide that covers and depicts all birds known to occur in the region, including infrequently occurring and introduced forms.  Now fully updated and expanded, this stunn


W. Arthur Lewis and the Birth of Development Economics

Author: Robert L. Tignor W. Arthur Lewis was one of the foremost intellectuals, economists, and political activists of the 20th century. In this book, the first intellectual biography of Lewis, Robert Tignor traces Lewis’s life from its beginnings on the small island of St. Lucia to Lewi


How Do You Feel? by A. D. Craig

How Do You Feel? brings together startling evidence from neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry to present revolutionary new insights into how our brains enable us to experience the range of sensations and mental states known as feelings. Drawing on his own cutting-edge research, neurobiologist Bu


Michelangelo’s Design Principles by Erwin Panofsky

In 2012, a manuscript by renowned art historian Erwin Panofsky was rediscovered in a safe in Munich, in the basement of the Central Institute for Art History. Hidden for decades among folders and administrative files was Panofsky’s thesis on Michelangelo—originally submitted to Hamburg U


Quantization of Gauge Systems

Edited by Marc Henneaux and Claudio Teitelboim This book is a systematic study of the classical and quantum theories of gauge systems. It starts with Dirac’s analysis showing that gauge theories are constrained Hamiltonian systems. The classical foundations of BRST theory are then laid o


A Constructed Peace

People still think of the Cold War as a simple two-sided conflict, a kind of gigantic arm wrestle on a global scale, writes Marc Trachtenberg, “but this view fails to grasp the essence of what was really going on.” America and Russia were both willing to live with the status quo in Euro


Cross of Snow

Author: NICHOLAS A. BASBANES This is a major literary biography of America’s best-loved 19th-century poet, the first in more than 50 years, and a much-needed reassessment for the 21st century of a writer whose stature and celebrity were unparalleled in his time.“At his death, in 1882, H


Atomic Spy

This book takes a little known, but important, figure from the history of the atomic bomb and the early Cold War and explores his complex, fascinating life.The physicist Klaus Fuchs (1911-88) is well known as the atomic spy who gave details of everything he worked on at the Manhattan Project to the


Political Entrepreneurs

Challenger parties are on the rise in Europe, exemplified by the likes of Podemos in Spain, the National Rally in France, the Alternative for Germany, or the Brexit Party in Great Britain.  Like disruptive entrepreneurs, these parties offer new policies and defy the dominance of established pa


A Hierarchy of Turing Degrees

Computability theory is a branch of mathematical logic and computer science that has become increasingly relevant in recent years. The field has developed growing connections in diverse areas of mathematics, with applications in topology, group theory, and other subfields. In A Hierarchy of Turing


Mavericks, Mystics and Misfits by Arthur Hoyle

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain takes the reader on a journey across American history, from the colonial period to the present, through the life stories of exceptional men and women who have responded in unconventional ways to the challenges and circumstances of their ti


Spiders of the World

Spiders are among the most versatile creatures on the planet, inhabiting six of the seven continents and thriving in environments ranging from deserts and rain forests to Arctic tundra and cities.Spiders of the World is a captivating look at these wondrously adaptable and endlessly intriguing arachn


The Selected Letters of Nikos Kazantzakis

The life of Nikos Kazantzakis—the author of Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ—was as colorful and eventful as his fiction. And nowhere is his life revealed more fully or surprisingly than in his letters. Edited and translated by Kazantzakis scholar Peter Bien, this is the


Euripides and the Politics of Form by Victoria Wohl

How can we make sense of the innovative structure of Euripidean drama? And what political role did tragedy play in the democracy of classical Athens? These questions are usually considered to be mutually exclusive, but this book shows that they can only be properly answered together.  Providin


The Poet’s Mistake by Erica McAlpine

Keats mixed up Cortez and Balboa. Heaney misremembered the name of one of Wordsworth’s lakes. Poetry—even by the greats—is rife with mistakes. In The Poet’s Mistake, critic and poet Erica McAlpine gathers together for the first time numerous instances of these errors, from we


Global Development

In the Cold War, “development” was a catchphrase that came to signify progress, modernity, and economic growth. Development aid was closely aligned with the security concerns of the great powers, for whom infrastructure and development projects were ideological tools for conquering heart




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