Steven S. Gubser: Thunder and Lightning from Neutron Star mergers

As of late 2015, we have a new way of probing the cosmos: gravitational radiation. Thanks to LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) and its new sibling Virgo (a similar interferometer in Italy), we can now “hear” the thumps … [Read More...]

Ian Hurd: Good medicine for bad politics? Rethinking the international rule of law

When an international crisis erupts it is common to hear experts say that the situation will be improved if all parties stick to international law. From the Syrian war to Burma’s massacres to Guantanamo torture, faithful compliance with the law of … [Read More...]

Gary Saul Morson & Morton Schapiro: The Humanomics of Tax Reform

The Trump administration is now placing tax reform near the top of its legislative agenda. Perhaps they will garner the votes for tax reduction, but reform? Good luck. It has been three decades since there has been meaningful tax reform in this … [Read More...]

Announcing the trailer for The Seduction of Curves by Allan McRobie

Curves are seductive. These smooth, organic lines and surfaces—like those of the human body—appeal to us in an instinctive, visceral way that straight lines or the perfect shapes of classical geometry never could. In this large-format book, lavishly … [Read More...]

Big Pacific: All About The Great White Shark

From page 14-17 of Big Pacific: Peripatetic pilgrims of the Pacific, Great white sharks have one of the widest geographic ranges of any marine animal. Individuals migrate vast distances — even across entire ocean basins — and in the Pacific they … [Read More...]

Bird Fact Friday – Southern Carmine Bee-eater

From page 97 of Birds of Kruger National Park: The Southern Carmine Bee-eater is a large, spectacular, long, slender, carmine-pink and teal-blue bee-eater with a long, pointed tail and black bill and facial mask. Immatures are duller than … [Read More...]

Steven S. Gubser & Frans Pretorius: The Little Book of Black Holes

Black holes, predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity more than a century ago, have long intrigued scientists and the public with their bizarre and fantastical properties. Although Einstein understood that black holes were … [Read More...]

Kip Thorne & Roger Blandford on Modern Classical Physics

This first-year, graduate-level text and reference book covers the fundamental concepts and twenty-first-century applications of six major areas of classical physics that every masters- or PhD-level physicist should be exposed to, but often isn't: … [Read More...]

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