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  • The Riddle of the Rosetta: How an English Polymath and a French Polyglot Discovered the Meaning of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
    Jed Z. Buchwald and Diane Greco Josefowicz

    Book

    A pair of scholars recount the rivalry that defined efforts to interpret the Rosetta stone

    The Rosetta stone, inscribed in 196 BCE during the reign of the Greco-Egyptian ruler Ptolemy V and discovered in Egypt by engineers of Napoleon Bonaparte’s army in 1799, is a bilingual inscription written in two of the ancient Egyptian scripts—hieroglyphic and demotic—and the Greek alphabet. From 1815 to 1823, it served as the key that… Read More
  • Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
    Ric Burns, director

    Book

    Interviews and archival footage paint a tender portrait of Oliver Sacks, neurology’s greatest storyteller

    I’m an inveterate storyteller,” confesses the celebrated neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks at the start of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life. “I tell many stories, some comic, some tragic.” Tales of both types abound in this elegiac yet lighthearted film based on director Ric Burns’s interviews with Sacks and his friends, colleagues, family members, and… Read More
  • The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous
    Joseph Henrich

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    Catholicism’s policy forbidding cousins to wed may have led to the distinctive characteristics of Western society

    A few years after the end of Tajikistan’s half-decade-long civil war, I was on an assignment in the former Soviet republic and announced my intention to purchase vegetables at the market. My local friends scoffed. “It’s impossible” they said. “You have no cousins at the market. People will sell you a poison tomato.” The poison… Read More
  • Unsustainable Inequalities: Social Justice and the Environment
    Lucas Chancel, Malcolm DeBevoise, translator

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    Unsustainable Inequalities

    Does a hurricane discriminate between the wealthy and the poor? Do earthquakes target specific victims? How does systemic racism influence development goals? In academic explorations of sustainable development and environmental responsibilities, our assumptions about the relationship between income and energy consumption remain largely rooted in the idea that social inequalities decrease as countr… Read More
  • A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You
    Sean B. Carroll

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    A Series of Fortunate Events

    Through a series of chance events, the pathogen we now know as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 emerged in 2019 and infected millions of humans within a span of 6 months. But chance has driven more than just the planet’s latest pandemic. In his new book, A Series of Fortunate Events: Chance and the… Read More
  • Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can't Transform Education
    Justin Reich

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    Failure to Disrupt

    As the pandemic forces so many school systems and learning institutions to move online, the desire to educate students well using online tools and platforms is more pressing than ever. But as Justin Reich illustrates in his new book, Failure to Disrupt, there are no easy solutions or one-size-fits-all tools that can aid in this… Read More
  • Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside
    Xiaowei Wang

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    Blockchain Chicken Farm

    In Blockchain Chicken Farm, Xiaowei Wang reveals the myriad ways that technology is transforming our lives. They unveil, for example, the unexpected connections that exist between industrial oyster farming in rural China, livestream-fueled multilevel marketing schemes in the United States, and the app-enabled gig economy in which Chinese influencers participate. Following the threads of places… Read More
  • The Secret Lives of Planets: Order, Chaos, and Uniqueness in the Solar System
    Paul Murdin

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    The Secret Lives of Planets

    The Secret Lives of Planets by Paul Murdin includes a plethora of information about our Solar System. Murdin covers planets, asteroids, moons, dwarf planets, and more, approximately one per chapter. Even exoplanets—the planets that orbit a star other than our Sun—are referenced frequently, although not in their own chapter. Using only a few images, Murdin… Read More
  • The Great Secret:The Classified World War II Disaster That Launched the War on Cancer
    Jennet Conant

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    The Great Secret

    Modern cancer therapies are often the result of years of targeted research and development, making it easy to forget that many of the field’s early breakthroughs had as much to do with chance as they did with preparation. In The Great Secret, Jennet Conant recounts one such breakthrough, which was made in the wake of… Read More
  • Entanglements: Tomorrow's Lovers, Families, and Friends
    Sheila Williams, ed.

    Book

    Entanglements

    In quantum physics, entanglement is a property wherein two particles are inextricably linked. Put another way, entangled particles are never truly independent of each other, no matter the distance between them. It is fitting then that Entanglements is an anthology of short stories about inextricably linked people and the impact of emerging technologies on their… Read More