Adrienne Mayor, Author of The Amazons, at the 2014 National Book Festival

7-18 Amazons Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World, will be at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. to discuss her latest book, a tribute to the fierce ancient warrior women whom we call the Amazons.

Who were these bold barbarian archers on horseback who gloried in fighting, hunting, and sexual freedom? Were Amazons real? In this deeply researched, wide-ranging, and lavishly illustrated book, National Book Award finalist Adrienne Mayor presents the Amazons as they have never been seen before. This is the first comprehensive account of warrior women in myth and history across the ancient world, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Wall of China.

Ms. Mayor will be giving a presentation of her book from 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm, and will be signing copies from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Mayor tells how amazing new archaeological discoveries of battle-scarred female skeletons buried with their weapons prove that women warriors were not merely figments of the Greek imagination. Combining classical myth and art, nomad traditions, and scientific archaeology, she reveals intimate, surprising details and original insights about the lives and legends of the women known as Amazons. Provocatively arguing that a timeless search for a balance between the sexes explains the allure of the Amazons, Mayor reminds us that there were as many Amazon love stories as there were war stories. The Greeks were not the only people enchanted by Amazons—Mayor shows that warlike women of nomadic cultures inspired exciting tales in ancient Egypt, Persia, India, Central Asia, and China.

Adrienne Mayor is the author of The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy (Princeton), a finalist for the National Book Award and named one of the best books of 2009 by theWashington Post. Her other books include Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World (Overlook) and The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times (Princeton). She is a research scholar in classics and history of science at Stanford University.

1177 B.C.’s Eric Cline at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Can’t get enough of 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed? Author Eric H. Cline will be among those reading from and signing copies of his book at this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Cline will be presenting his book on the Science stage of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 1:40 pm-2:25 pm and signing copies of the text from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm. There will be discussion aplenty, so come join us!

Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. His many books include From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible and The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction. His latest book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, examines the causes of the end of the Late Bronze Age. 

Cline’s book tells the tale of how this end was brought about by multiple interconnected failures, ranging from invasion and revolt to earthquakes, drought, and the cutting of international trade routes. Bringing to life the vibrant multicultural world of these great civilizations, he draws a sweeping panorama of the empires and globalized peoples of the Late Bronze Age and shows that it was their very interdependence that hastened their dramatic collapse and ushered in a dark age that lasted centuries. A compelling combination of narrative and the latest scholarship, 1177 B.C. sheds new light on the complex ties that gave rise to, and ultimately destroyed, the flourishing civilizations of the Late Bronze Age—and that set the stage for the emergence of classical Greece.

Interested in learning a little more about the book? You can check out 1177 B.C.‘s prologue here.

Colin Adams, Author of Zombies and Calculus at the Harvard Coop: Reading/Book Signing

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How to survive a zombie apocalypse – using math!

Princeton University Press author and Professor of Mathematics Colin Adams is coming to The Harvard Coop Bookstore on September 24th, where he’ll be reading from, and signing copies of his latest book, Zombies and Calculus.

Colin Adams, an academic and a humor columnist (a rare combination!) presents a fictional account of how math can save your life in a zombie invasion. Zombies and Calculus is a math novel that tells the story of a zombie invasion on a college campus and a calculus professor who must race to save his friends, students, and family. As the zombie virus spreads and civilization crumbles, the professor uses calculus to help his small band of survivors defeat the hordes of the undead.

Along the way, readers learn how to avoid being eaten by taking advantage of the fact that zombies always point their tangent vector toward their target, and how to use exponential growth to determine the rate at which the virus is spreading. Williams also covers topics such as logistic growth, gravitational acceleration, predator-prey models, pursuit problems, the physics of combat, and more. With the aid of his story, you too can survive the zombie onslaught and learn more about calculus in a fun, new way.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to hob-nob with Mr. Adams, and more importantly, to learn how to defeat the undead with derivatives. Who knows – one day, you might actually need to! Until then, be sure to ‘like’ the Zombies and Calculus Facebook page and share it with your friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

James Steinberg Book-Signing and Discussion with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

James SteinbergJames Steinberg, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law and Syracuse University, will be discussing his new book, Strategic Reassurance and Resolve: U.S.-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century, at The Chicago Club on June 17, 2014.

Dean Steinberg served as the 16th deputy secretary of State from 2009-2011. From 1994-1996 Steinberg also served as U.S. state department director of Policy Planning, and then deputy national security advisor to President William Jefferson Clinton from 1996-2001.

This talk will center on U.S.-China relations and the implications of growing competition between the two nations in an international context. An engaging speaker, Steinberg will both discuss and lead a discussion on U.S. foreign policy and the ever-changing role the U.S. plays on the global stage.

Meet, Greet, and Learn with author and physicist Katherine Freese at the World Science Festival

5-29 FreeseCome check out the 2014 World Science Festival in New York City! Register online to meet top science authors, grab some light grub, and get your books signed.

Did we mention that it’s free?

Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to meet theoretical astrophysicist and author Katherine Freese, who will be discussing her new book, The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter, and her ongoing quest to understand what the universe is made of.

Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World with Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich

k10336[1]If you eat food, then you need to know about bees. As pollinators, bees help produce over 130 fruit and vegetable crops. As an economic force, honey bees alone contribute over $14 billion to the U.S. economy each year. Yet, bees are dying. Peculiarly, urban beehives seem to be thriving. The recent popularity of urban beekeeping is more than just a fad — data show that honey bees might actually do better in cities. Are beehives a necessary part of city living?

Dr. Noah Wilson-Rich is the Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of The Best Bees Company, a beekeeping service and research organization based in Boston’s South End. His research is based at the Urban Beekeeping Lab & Bee Sanctuary, where he and his team develops experimental treatments for improving the health of honey bees. In 2012, Dr. Wilson-Rich gave a Ted talk about urban beekeeping. His first book, The Bee: A Natural History, will be published in 2014 by Princeton University Press (US) and Ivy Press Ltd. (UK).


David Reimer, Count Like an Egyptian, at the Princeton Public Library

Princeton Public Library eventThe author discusses his new book: “Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics” that provides a fun, hands-on introduction to the intuitive and often-surprising art of ancient Egyptian math. David Reimer guides you step-by-step through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and more. He even shows you how fractions and decimals may have been calculated–they technically didn’t exist in the land of the pharaohs. You’ll be counting like an Egyptian in no time, and along the way you’ll learn firsthand how mathematics is an expression of the culture that uses it, and why there’s more to math than rote memorization and bewildering abstraction.

Part of the Thinking Allowed Series. Co-sponored by the library and Princeton University Press.

Details are here:

Jonathan Israel at Congress 2014

k10187[1]Jonathan Israel, award-winning author of the Radical Enlightenment trilogy and the recent Revolutionary Ideas: An Intellectual History of the French Revolution From the Rights of Man to Robespierre (2014), speaks about radical Enlightenment as a (or the?) prime cause of the French Revolution in this keynote talk. Following the lecture, a panel of scholars will join Jonathan Israel in a roundtable session (3:15-4:45) to discuss his work, and to speak about Enlightenment historiography and intellectual history more broadly.

Astrophysicist Katherine Freese discusses THE COSMIC COCKTAIL at Town Hall Seattle

Economist Amartya Sen to speak about AN UNCERTAIN GLORY

Bob Geddes at the Institute for Advanced Study, sponsored by DOCOMOMO

Photo: Amy Ramsey, Courtesy of Institute for Advanced StudyMake it New, Make it Fit

Lecture by Bob Geddes at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, sponsored by DOMOCOMO Philadelphia and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State.

The architecture of Geddes, Brecher, Qualls, and Cunningham (GBQC) has been largely overlooked in recent years—despite a remarkable and influential body of work beginning with their runner-up submission for the Sydney Opera House (1956). As significant contributors (along with Louis Kahn) to the “Philadelphia School,” GBQC’s efforts challenged modernist conceptions of space, functional relationships, technology, and—with an urbanist’s eye—the reality of change over time.

To explore the thinking behind the work, founding partner Robert Geddes, FAIA, will speak about his recent publication, Fit: An Architect’s Manifesto. In addition, Geddes will guide a tour through the venue for his talk, the Institute of Advanced Study’s Simmons Hall—a GBQC masterwork of 1971. Geddes will also participate in an informal discussion with participants during lunch at the IAS Cafeteria.

10:00-10:30am  Dilworth Room. Event check in. Coffee served.
10:30-11:15       Make it New, Make it Fit Lecture by Bob Geddes
11:15-11:50       Building Tour
11:50-12:10pm   Lunch at cafeteria where discussion continues
12:10-1:00         Lunch and discussion
1:00-1:30           Wrap up and book signing.

DOCOMOMO Members $20
Non-members $25
IAS Faculty/Scholars/Staff FREE

When you arrive at the site, please bring a copy of your tickets, either printed or displayed on your mobile phone.

LOT ‘B’ enter through West Building.

About the speaker
Robert Geddes is dean emeritus of the Princeton School of Architecture and founding partner of GBQC—recipient of the AIA’s Firm of the Year Award in 1979. Educated under Walter Gropius at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Geddes returned to his native Philadelphia in 1950 where he began his work as an educator at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Method in his Madness: Nikola Tesla and Disruptive Technologies” a talk by Bernard Carlson at Rutgers University

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