Announcing Princeton Global Science, a letter from the director

Dear Readers,

Princeton Global Science (PGS, available here http://princetonglobalscience.org) is a new initiative of Princeton University Press highlighting the work of our authors and their books in addressing the great scientific and technological issues alive in the world today.

On the first and fifteenth of each month we will be featuring on the Princeton Global Science blog a recent PUP author, book, series, or other publication that delivers an important message on scientific research, science policy, or the connection between science and culture.

Inspiring PGS are three separate but related factors:

First, as a publisher of science we are launching PGS in response to calls for greater science literacy both among the general public and in our schools and colleges. PGS will address the need to publicize news of the latest research initiatives conducted in society’s interest, the ongoing integration of the “two cultures” of scientific and humanistic knowledge, and the accelerating penetration of technological innovation in people’s lives and society. PGS will serve as a continuing narrative designed to engage these concerns over time.

Second, we see in PGS an opportunity to unite the full array of our science lists in a single venue for communicating what is new and important on these lists to our readers, reviewers, publishing partners, and to science educators and advocates all over the world. The Press has had a long, continuous, and distinguished history of publishing science since publication of Albert Einstein’s The Meaning of Relativity in 1922. Now, nearly a century later, we are distinctive among American university presses not only for publishing throughout the physical and biological sciences, natural history, mathematics, and cognitive science, but also for our social scientific investigations into science, history of science, and science and public policy. PGS provides us the opportunity to communicate the best of them, emphasizing the whole, not merely the sum of the parts.

Third, the opportunity to reach our audience in countries all over the world is much greater than it has ever been, and we see PGS as a prime opportunity to transmit important information on science and related fields to those engaged in scientific research, education, and writing across the globe.

In the same spirit, we see PGS as a new and constructive element in enriching the greater conversation among our authors and editors as they engage with members of the science media, with booksellers and science policy professionals, and with educators, advocates, and students. We look forward to having members of each of these communities and beyond come to see PGS as a locus for engaging important new science ideas.

We hope you will join us in celebrating the launch of Princeton Global Science this month.

Peter J. Dougherty
Director