On 17th May, John Adam spoke about his latest book at The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). In John’s book, ‘X and the City: Modeling Aspects of Urban Life‘ he discusses mathematical questions such as how you can estimate the number of dental or doctor’s surgeries, petrol stations, restaurants, or cinemas in a city of a given size. How can mathematics be used to maximize traffic flow through tunnels? And what is the likelihood that your city will be hit by an asteroid? One might also be tempted to use John’s methods to work out the probability of an American-dwelling British professor called John Adam coming to a city the size of London to speak at an event that happens to be on John Adam Street. Let us know if you have the answer!
Robert Shiller was in the UK during the first week of May to promote his latest book ‘Finance and the Good Society’. His appearances ranged from an interview on CNBC Europe Squawk Box to videos for The Guardian and Economia as well as lectures at the Royal Society of Arts and the London School of Economics.
Please follow the links to catch up with any of these appearances.
John Tomasi has been in London discussing whether libertarians care about social justice. In his new book Free Market Fairness he argues that they can and should.
On Wednesday 3 May he spoke at The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). You can listen to the podcast here.
David Vogel discusses regulating health, safety, and environmental risks in Europe and the United States
David Vogel, whose book The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States was published this Spring, will be in the UK on 10 May and will be speaking at the Said Business School, Oxford at 11.30am, and the London School of Economics at 6.30pm.
Please follow links to sign up for either of these events or contact Julia Hall firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Paul Seabright, whose book ‘The War of the Sexes’ is published on 10 May, will be in the UK on 14th and 15th May. He will be talking at the Bristol Festival of Ideas on 14 May and at the RSA on 15 May. Please follow links to sign up for either of these events or contact Caroline Priday email@example.com
for further information regarding his trip.
John Tomasi, author of the recently published Free Market Fairness, will be in London for the week of 30 April. He will be talking at the Legatum Institute on 1 May, IPPR on 2 May, the Royal Society of Arts on 3 May, and the Adam Smith Institute on 3 May.
Please follow links for more information or to sign up for any of these events. If you have any queries about his visit please contact Julia Hall on firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Seabright gave a fascinating and typically wide ranging talk “On Lying, Risk Taking and the Euro” for our second annual Princeton University Press
in Europe lecture on 18th April. The talk, which is open to the public, honours our European Advisory Board. In the lecture, Seabright argued that many of the factors which led to the Euro crisis were in plain sight from its launch. The challenge is that in many different ways we are hard wired not to notice. We tend for example to like to tell a morality tale with good guys and bad guys; we tend not to notice slow creeping crises; and we succumb to the very human desire not to rock the boat. Drawing on a wealth of economic data and the insights of neuroscience and behavioural economics, Seabright’s analysis is both compelling – and chilling.
Despite difficult global economic conditions, there has been strong interest in our foreign rights catalogue at the London Book Fair. Our economics and social science titles, from Justin Lin’s timely The Quest for Prosperity to James Scott’s Two Cheers for Anarchism, have received a great deal of attention, as have our popular science titles, especially Ostriker and Mitton’s Heart of Darkness and Paul Nahin’s The Logician and the Engineer. Peter Brown’s magnum opus Through the Eye of the Needle and Burger and Starbird’s The Five Elements of Effective Thinking have also proved a hit.
All in all, a very successful fair, which bodes well for the continued spread of PUP authors and ideas around the globe.
[Please note that these books are not yet available on our web site. The links here take you to the PDFs of their individual catalog pages.]
David Scheffer author of ‘All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals’ was in London this week and spoke at Chatham House. An audio recording of his talk is now available on their website. His trip coincided with the conviction on Wednesday 14th March of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo in what was the first verdict delivered by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. In an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (please scroll down to 0824 for the clip) he was interviewed about this and the relationship of the United States to the court.
Princeton University Press author Avner de-Shalit will be speaking at three events in the UK next week. On Monday 20th February he will be discussing what makes cities tick at Jewish Book Week with Barbara Mann, chaired by Ziona Strelitz. On Tuesday 21st, Professor de-Shalit will be giving a lunchtime talk at The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and discussing why cultivating the distinctive ‘spirit of cities’ is the best antidote to global homogenisation. Finally, on the evening of 21st February, he will be in Bristol, discussing cities with Sunder Katwala at a Bristol Festival of Ideas event. These talks all tie into Avner de-Shalit’s book, The Spirit of Cities, which is co-authored by Daniel A. Bell and was recently published by Princeton University Press.
The talks at Jewish Book Week and the RSA will be recorded and made available online. Please follow the links for more information.