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Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics after Code
Chromatic Algorithms: Synthetic Color, Computer Art, and Aesthetics after Code
These days, we take for granted that our computer screens―and even our phones―will show us images in vibrant full color. Digital color is a fundamental part of how we use our devices, but we never give a thought to how it is produced or how it came about.
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Pop Song Piracy: Disobedient Music Distribution since 1929
Pop Song Piracy: Disobedient Music Distribution since 1929


The music industry’s ongoing battle against digital piracy is just the latest skirmish in a long conflict over who has the right to distribute music. Starting with music publishers’ efforts to stamp out bootleg compilations of lyric sheets in 1929, Barry Kernfeld’s Pop Song Piracy details nearly a...
Women Drug Traffickers: Mules, Bosses, and Organized Crime (Diálogos Series)
Women Drug Traffickers: Mules, Bosses, and Organized Crime (Diálogos Series)

In the flow of drugs to the United States from Latin America, women have always played key roles as bosses, business partners, money launderers, confidantes, and couriers―work rarely acknowledged. Elaine Carey’s study of women in the drug trade offers a new understanding of this intriguing subject, from women drug smugglers in the...

How We See the Sky: A Naked-Eye Tour of Day and Night
How We See the Sky: A Naked-Eye Tour of Day and Night

Gazing up at the heavens from our backyards or a nearby field, most of us see an undifferentiated mess of stars—if, that is, we can see anything at all through the glow of light pollution. Today’s casual observer knows far less about the sky than did our ancestors, who depended on the sun and the moon to tell them the...

Beyond Nature and Culture
Beyond Nature and Culture
Philippe Descola has become one of the most important anthropologists working today, and Beyond Nature and Culture has been a major influence in European intellectual life since its French publication in 2005. Here, finally, it is brought to English-language readers. At its heart is a question central to both anthropology and...
A History of Corporate Governance around the World: Family Business Groups to Professional Managers
A History of Corporate Governance around the World: Family Business Groups to Professional Managers
For many Americans, capitalism is a dynamic engine of prosperity that rewards the bold, the daring, and the hardworking. But to many outside the United States, capitalism seems like an initiative that serves only to concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a few hereditary oligarchies. In A History of Corporate Governance...
Science in the Age of Computer Simulation
Science in the Age of Computer Simulation

Computer simulation was first pioneered as a scientific tool in meteorology and nuclear physics in the period following World War II, but it has grown rapidly to become indispensible in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including astrophysics, high-energy physics, climate science, engineering, ecology, and economics. Digital computer...

Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience
Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, has stood at the frontier of high-energy physics for nearly forty years. Since 1972, when the laboratory’s original particle accelerator began producing the world’s highest-energy protons for research, the government-supported scientific...
Privacy at Risk: The New Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
Privacy at Risk: The New Government Surveillance and the Fourth Amendment
"The discussion of surveillance techniques is excellent, the legal analysis is sound, and the case for Fourth Amendment reform compelling. Recommended."-Choice (D. E. Smith Choice )

Without our consent and often without our knowledge, the government can constantly...
Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect
Oppenheimer: The Tragic Intellect
At a time when the Manhattan Project was synonymous with large-scale science, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–67) represented the new sociocultural power of the American intellectual. Catapulted to fame as director of the Los Alamos atomic weapons laboratory, Oppenheimer occupied a key position in the compact between science and the...
General Relativity
General Relativity
"Wald's book is clearly the first textbook on general relativity with a totally modern point of view; and it succeeds very well where others are only partially successful. The book includes full discussions of many problems of current interest which are not treated in any extant book, and all these matters are considered with perception and...
The Story of Spin
The Story of Spin
All atomic particles have a particular "spin," analogous to the earth's rotation on its axis. The quantum mechanical reality underlying spin is complex and still poorly understood. Sin-itiro Tomonaga's The Story of Spin remains the most complete and accessible treatment of spin, and is now available in English translation....
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