2015

Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age

Sherry Turkle

Preeminent author and researcher Sherry Turkle has been studying digital culture for over thirty years. Long an enthusiast for its possibilities, here she investigates a troubling consequence: at work, at home, in politics, and in love, we find ways around conversation, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves.

2015

Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy

David A. Mindell

In Our Robots, Ourselves, David Mindell offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of robotics today, debunking commonly held myths and exploring the rapidly changing relationships between humans and machines.

2014

Transient Workspaces: Technologies of Everyday Innovation in Zimbabwe

C. Clapperton Mavhunga

In Transient Workspaces, Clapperton Mavhunga views technology in Africa from an African perspective. Technology in his account is not something always brought in from outside, but is also something that ordinary people understand, make, and practice through their everyday innovations.

2013

The Triumph of Human Empire: Verne, Morris, and Stevenson at the End of the World

Rosalind Williams

The Triumph of Human Empire explores the overarching historical event of our time: the rise and triumph of human empire, the apotheosis of the modern ambition to increase knowledge and power in order to achieve world domination, which Williams explores through the lives and works of three writers: Jules Verne, William Morris, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

2013

Science and the American Century: Readings from “Isis”

David Kaiser

The twentieth century was one of astonishing change in science, especially as pursued in the United States. Science and the American Century offers some of the most significant contributions to the study of the history of science, technology, and medicine during the twentiety century, all drawn from the pages of the journal Isis.